Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before an AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

WR Dez Bryant: Baltimore ‘wasn’t the place for me’

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted Tuesday night he would like to play two more years in the NFL, though it appears a return to the Baltimore Ravens is not in the cards.

Bryant returned from a two-season hiatus primarily due to injury to join the Ravens in 2020, finishing with six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns in six games played. “I realized quick Baltimore wasn’t the place for me,” he tweeted. “No bad blood that’s their way of doing things so you gotta respect it.”

The Ravens added Bryant to their 53-man roster in November, and he made his team debut against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9. Though he remarked in a tweet that his chemistry with quarterback Lamar Jackson was good on and off the field, “it was guys there before me who understood the offensive concepts better than me… you can’t jeopardize that.”

“No OTAs No mini camp and coming in midway through the season is not normal,” Bryant said in continuing to tweet with fans. “I wasn’t bothered about playing time.. I enjoyed myself I met some great teammates.. guys I feel like I will be keeping in contact for a long time.. I’m thankful for the opportunity Baltimore gave me.”

Bryant added in a later tweet that he plans on playing two more years “and that’s it for me.” He turns 33 in November.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens  wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates a scoring drive with teammates on the bench during the game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Bryant says he’s had two negative COVID tests

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was not allowed to play in Monday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, claims on social media that he’s tested negative twice for the COVID-19 virus.

Bryant posted on twitter Thursday that he has had “back to back” negative COVID tests.

“I tested negative back to back for covid and I’m not excited about it,” Bryant posted.

The former Dallas Cowboys receiver was ruled out of Tuesday’s game against his former team 30 minutes before kickoff after he claimed he had tested positive for the virus.

Bryant actually warmed up Tuesday in preparation of playing against the Cowboys, but never took the field after the positive test was announced.

Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that Bryant was recovering and isn’t mad at the team for not allowing him to play in Tuesday’s game.

“He’s doing as well as can be expected,” Harbaugh said.

“He’s a guy that cares. He sacrificed a lot to leave home and leave family behind. He’s a family man and has kids. I think he’s pretty hurt by it. He’s not mad at anybody. But just the circumstances, I think he’s a little stunned by it, surprised that it came up. I think he’s trying to work his way through it right now.”

Bryant was not placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Ravens, and suggested that it could have been a false positive.

Bryant is the first Ravens player to test positive since rookie safety Geno Stone, who was ruled out of their Week 12 game in Pittsburgh prior to the team’s flight Dec. 1.

Baltimore on Thursday activated wide receiver Willie Snead IV from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Ravens tight end Mark Andrews and outside linebacker Matthew Judon were activated off the list Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Bryant backs off mic drop tweet

After revealing he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Baltimore Ravens receiver Dez Bryant suggested on Twitter that he was opting out for the rest of the season.

The Ravens announced he was scratched from the game due to an illness, and shortly before kickoff, Bryant’s Twitter account posted: “I’m going to go ahead and call it a quit for the rest of the season.”

Either he was kidding or as the game went on, he had second thoughts because he was singing a different tune a couple hours later as the Ravens were on their way to a 34-17 win over the Cowboys.

“Yea I’m coming back… I’m being smart,” Bryant wrote two hours after his original tweet.

Bryant, who was excited to face his former team, was on the field at M&T Bank Stadium about two hours before the game, but he did not join his teammates for their full-team warmup. Bryant had been tested Tuesday morning, but the results of that test and a retest were inconclusive.

A point-of-contact PCR test was administered at the stadium and came back positive, leading Bryant to announce his positive status in a profanity-laced tweet. Contact tracing quickly cleared other players on both teams, who had all tested negative.

In eight seasons in Dallas, Bryant made 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and a franchise-record 73 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl three times before being released in 2018.

The Ravens signed Bryant, 32, to their practice squad on Oct. 27. He was elevated to the active roster four weeks later and has just four catches for 28 yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens  wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates a scoring drive with teammates on the bench during the game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens’ Bryant tests positive, says he’s done for season

Baltimore Ravens receiver Dez Bryant said he has tested positive for the coronavirus, and that he’s opting out of the rest of the season.

Bryant said he was surprised by the news, which prevented him from playing against the visiting Cowboys on Tuesday night. He was on the field at M&T Bank Stadium about two hours before the game, but he did not join his teammates for their full-team warmup.

The Ravens (6-5) announced he was scratched from the game due to an illness, and shortly before kickoff, Bryant’s Twitter account posted: “I’m going to go ahead and call it a quit for the rest of the season.”

Bryant, who announced in a profanity-laced tweet that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, had been excited to face his former team.

In eight seasons in Dallas, Bryant made 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and a franchise-record 73 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl three times before being released in 2018.

The Ravens signed Bryant, 32, to their practice squad on Oct. 27. He was elevated to the active roster four weeks later and has just four catches for 28 yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens  wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates a scoring drive with teammates on the bench during the game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

WR Bryant signed to Ravens’ 53-man roster

Dez Bryant signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens, becoming a member of the 53-man roster.

He shared the news on social media on Saturday.

“Officially signed to the 53… beyond thankful,” wrote Bryant, who posted a photo of him smiling, his contract on a table in front of him.

The Ravens added Bryant to their practice squad in late October. Since then, he’s been elevated to the team as a fill-in for two games.

Bryant, 32, was a big part of the game plan for the Ravens in their 30-24 loss to the Tennessee Titans last weekend. He played 54 percent of the team’s snaps and caught four passes for 28 yards.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection tore his right Achilles tendon two days after signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018.

Prior to signing with the Saints, Bryant reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April 2018 after the Dallas Cowboys released him.

The Cowboys selected Bryant with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he spent eight seasons there. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games in Dallas.

The Ravens (6-4) are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) on Tuesday night in a game twice delayed by a coronavirus outbreak among the Ravens.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens elevate WR Bryant to active roster

The Ravens moved wide receiver Dez Bryant from the practice squad to the active roster, and he could appear in his first game in almost three years on Sunday when Baltimore hits the road to face the Indianapolis Colts.

Bryant last played on Dec. 31, 2017, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut the following April and signed with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018 but suffered an Achilles injury before ever playing for the team.

Seeking a path back to the NFL, Bryant signed with the Ravens on Oct. 27.

“My emotions running high right now … I’m thankful … I can’t stop crying,” Bryant posted on Twitter that day.

The former first-team All-Pro reportedly, who turned 32 this week, turned down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Bryant with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he spent eight seasons there. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games with the Cowboys.

A productive Bryant would be a boost for the Ravens, who have the fewest receptions (117) and receiving yards (1,367) in the league.

Also Saturday, the Ravens moved WR Chris Moore to injured reserve. Moore missed the first six games of the season with finger and thigh injuries and made his 2020 debut last Sunday. He had been listed as doubtful because of the thigh issue.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens elevate WR Bryant to active roster

The Ravens moved wide receiver Dez Bryant from the practice squad to the active roster, and he could appear in his first game in almost three years on Sunday when Baltimore hits the road to face the Indianapolis Colts.

Bryant last played on Dec. 31, 2017, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut the following April and signed with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018 but suffered an Achilles injury before ever playing for the team.

Seeking a path back to the NFL, Bryant signed with the Ravens on Oct. 27.

“My emotions running high right now … I’m thankful … I can’t stop crying,” Bryant posted on Twitter that day.

The former first-team All-Pro reportedly, who turned 32 this week, turned down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Bryant with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he spent eight seasons there. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games with the Cowboys.

A productive Bryant would be a boost for the Ravens, who have the fewest receptions (117) and receiving yards (1,367) in the league.

Also Saturday, the Ravens moved WR Chris Moore to injured reserve. Moore missed the first six games of the season with finger and thigh injuries and made his 2020 debut last Sunday. He had been listed as doubtful because of the thigh issue.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens elevate WR Bryant to active roster

The Ravens moved wide receiver Dez Bryant from the practice squad to the active roster, and he could appear in his first game in almost three years on Sunday when Baltimore hits the road to face the Indianapolis Colts.

Bryant last played on Dec. 31, 2017, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut the following April and signed with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018 but suffered an Achilles injury before ever playing for the team.

Seeking a path back to the NFL, Bryant signed with the Ravens on Oct. 27.

“My emotions running high right now … I’m thankful … I can’t stop crying,” Bryant posted on Twitter that day.

The former first-team All-Pro reportedly, who turned 32 this week, turned down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Bryant with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he spent eight seasons there. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games with the Cowboys.

A productive Bryant would be a boost for the Ravens, who have the fewest receptions (117) and receiving yards (1,367) in the league.

Also Saturday, the Ravens moved WR Chris Moore to injured reserve. Moore missed the first six games of the season with finger and thigh injuries and made his 2020 debut last Sunday. He had been listed as doubtful because of the thigh issue.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens elevate WR Bryant to active roster

The Ravens moved wide receiver Dez Bryant from the practice squad to the active roster, and he could appear in his first game in almost three years on Sunday when Baltimore hits the road to face the Indianapolis Colts.

Bryant last played on Dec. 31, 2017, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut the following April and signed with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018 but suffered an Achilles injury before ever playing for the team.

Seeking a path back to the NFL, Bryant signed with the Ravens on Oct. 27.

“My emotions running high right now … I’m thankful … I can’t stop crying,” Bryant posted on Twitter that day.

The former first-team All-Pro reportedly, who turned 32 this week, turned down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Bryant with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he spent eight seasons there. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games with the Cowboys.

A productive Bryant would be a boost for the Ravens, who have the fewest receptions (117) and receiving yards (1,367) in the league.

Also Saturday, the Ravens moved WR Chris Moore to injured reserve. Moore missed the first six games of the season with finger and thigh injuries and made his 2020 debut last Sunday. He had been listed as doubtful because of the thigh issue.

–Field Level Media