Richmond Times-Dispatch

Ravens’ Bryant questions testing results

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Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant wrote on Twitter on Thursday that he has tested negative for the coronaviru­s twice since being ruled out of Tuesday night’s highly anticipate­d reunion against the Dallas Cowboys, his former team.

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

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical official, said Wednesday that Bryant’s daily molecular PCR test administer­ed Tuesday morning returned an inconclusi­ve result and a retest of the sample returned another inconclusi­ve result.

Bryant, who was on the field at M&T Bank Stadium two hours before kickoff and was seen speaking to multiple players on the field, was removed from the field and administer­ed a pointof-care PCR test, which returned a positive result. He was then sent home to quarantine, while the team ruled him out with an illness 30 minutes before kickoff.

After Bryant tested positive, the NFL determined through its contact-tracing process that there were no “high-risk” close contacts, who would’ve had to miss the game, a 34-17 Ravens win.

Panthers: Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey did not participat­e in practice Thursday and is now not expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

McCaffrey was limited in practice Wednesday after tweaking a quad injury that he had suffered during the byeweek. Panthers coach Matt Rhule said the original injury had taken place while McCaffrey was training.

The running back has missed nine games this season and was expected to return to face Denver. McCaffrey is also continuing to recover from a shoulder injury that he suffered on the final drive of the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 8.

He has missed the last three games and missed six earlier in the season due to a high ankle sprain.

Jets: New York rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims is dealing with a family matter and will miss the game Sunday at Seattle.

Mims left the team Wednesday to travel home to Texas to handle the situation and was not yet back Thursday.

Coach AdamGase ruled Mims out against the Seahawks because the receiver would not be able to go through the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols in time when he returned to play Sunday. The second-round draft pick missed the first six games while recovering from hamstring issues, but has 19 catches for 324 yards in the six games since.

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