Baltimore Ravens’ Dez Bryant says he has tested negative for COVID-19 twice since Tuesday

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant wrote Thursday on Twitter he hastested negative twice for the novel coronavirus after a positive test prior to kickoff caused him to miss Tuesday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. 

"I tested negative back to back for covid," Bryant tweeted, "and I'm not excited about it." 

Bryant had been looking forward to his first game against his old team, as he'd been hugging and high-fiving ex-teammates during warmups. But less than a half hour before kickoff, the 32-year-old revealed on Twitter the test he tested positive. 

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday that Bryant’s routine daily PCR test earlier Tuesday had come back inconclusive, and so did the re-testing of that sample. A point-of-care, or rapid test, was administered and returned positive, leading to Bryant's removal.  

“Yeah I’m going to go ahead and call it a quit for the rest of the season,” he tweeted during the game Tuesday. “I can’t deal with this.”

I tested negative back to back for covid and I’m not excited about it

On Wednesday, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said the game against the Cowboys went on as scheduled because he "made the final determination that there were no high-risk close contacts to the case, so there was no need to remove anyone else.

Baltimore signed Bryant off its practice squad last month. He appeared in three games, with four receptions. 

The Ravens had experienced a coronavirus outbreak that delayed its Thanksgiving game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to the following Wednesday and the subsequent "Thursday Night Football" contest with the Cowboys to this past Tuesday.

Contributing: Jori Epstein, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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