The Dez Bryant COVID-19 saga took one other flip Thursday afternoon.
Bryant tweeted that he “examined detrimental again to again” for COVID-19. The tweet comes lower than 48 hours after Bryant was pulled off the sector throughout warmups forward of the Ravens’ Tuesday night time sport in opposition to his previous staff, the Cowboys. Bryant had been returning inconclusive check outcomes, and a fast check Bryant took on the stadium mentioned he was constructive for the coronavirus. The Ravens formally scratched him with an sickness, however Bryant let the world know what was taking place on his Twitter feed — and he hasn’t stopped tweeting updates since.
I examined detrimental again to again for covid and I’m not enthusiastic about it
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 10, 2020
The most important implication of back-to-back detrimental exams after Bryant’s constructive fast check on sport day is the potential that the constructive was a false one. NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero spoke on “The Pat McAfee Present” about that chance: “I’d hesitate to say it is a false constructive but as a result of there’s nonetheless a course of that is taking part in out.”
At this level, it is extra in regards to the course of transferring ahead and about Bryant’s temper and fewer about whether or not his check was a false constructive, as a result of one factor the NFL cannot do is journey again in time to permit Bryant to play in opposition to the Cowboys. The willpower of a false constructive would permit Bryant to get again on the sector for Baltimore extra shortly than if the league determines that Bryant’s check was certainly an actual constructive.
Quickly after Bryant tweeted about his constructive check Tuesday, he wrote that he did not need to play anymore in 2020, though primarily based on feedback out of Baltimore that does not precisely seem like the case. His specific scenario additionally created controversy as a result of pictures emerged of Bryant hugging different gamers throughout pregame warmups.
“It is a situation that had been contemplated through the improvement of the protocols and one the league, golf equipment and NFLPA deliberate for,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy mentioned, way of Professional Soccer Discuss. “The protocols labored.”
The NFL decided that there have been no high-risk, shut contacts to Bryant on Tuesday as a result of his interactions with others had been temporary. NFL protocols solely take into account lengthier interactions to be problematic.
At this level, Bryant might return for the Ravens in 2020, probably even ahead of anticipated if his COVID-19 constructive is set to have been a false one. He is simply made very clear that he will not be comfortable about any of this.