Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has showed his support for the team's wide receiver Dez Bryant as he insists the three-time Pro Bowler loves the game and he understands why the wide receiver was frustrated so much on Tuesday.
Just a half-hour before the kick off against the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant was pulled out of the field after his test for COVID-19 returned as positive. Bryant, who was taken at No. 24 by the Cowboys in the 2010 NFL draft, had an ugly split with Dallas in 2017 and he was extremely motivated to put up a big performance against his former team.
Bryant wrote several tweets after his test returned as positive and he was extremely mad and frustrated. "He's doing as well as can be expected," Harbaugh said about Bryant, per ESPN. "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 thought it was a false positive
"The crazy thing is I have the same damn routine," Bryant wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night. "This s--- do not make sense to me."
On Thursday, Bryant poster on Twitter: "I tested negative back to back for covid and I'm not excited about it." In one of his tweets posted on Tuesday, Bryant said he was quitting the season but since then he has subsequently acknowledged that he would return to the field this year.
"I could never speak for another person, because the Twitter stuff and all that, that's something you'd have to ask him," Harbaugh said. "I don't have any answers to that. But that's what we would be planning for, certainly.
He's certainly an option. He's a part of our team. And I was really happy with his progress, how he was practicing. "I don't think it's hard to understand why it would be such a tough thing emotionally, especially with where he's at in his career.
I think we could all put ourselves in his shoes on that, for sure. I'm very sympathetic toward that and understanding of it. Ultimately, people make decisions for themselves and that's what they have to do."