Ravens WR Dez Bryant Tests Positive for Coronavirus Just Before Kickoff

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Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant surprisingly announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 just 30 minutes before his much-anticipated reunion with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night.

“Tell me why they pull me from warming up so I can go get tested,” Bryant posted on Twitter. “… I tested positive for Covid.

“The crazy thing is i have the same damn routine. … this s— do not make sense to me.”

According to the NFL, Bryant’s PCR test Tuesday morning was inconclusive, as was the rerun of the test. The lab is in Maryland, so that’s why the results came back on Tuesday evening.

The subsequent point-of-contact PCR test at the stadium was positive and Bryant was removed, as per NFL protocol.

Immediately after being pulled from the field, Bryant sat for a contact tracing interview with league and NFLPA officials, who also uploaded data from a movement tracing device that Bryant was wearing, a source told ESPN. Based on the interview and the results from the device, officials felt confident there were no high-risk close contacts, according to sources.

According to the league’s COVID-19 policy, close contact does not include brief interactions, such as walking past someone.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Jamison Hensley