4:58 PM ET
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Dez Bryant is close to fulfilling one of the NFL’s most unlikely comebacks.
Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, was elevated off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to their active roster on Saturday, a day before their game at the Indianapolis Colts.
Bryant’s 531 career receptions would be the most by any wide receiver before missing two full seasons and then returning to the NFL, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.
“I told you I’m covered confident and thankful..” Bryant wrote on Twitter minutes after news broke of his practice squad promotion Saturday. “I don’t care who hate it.”
Bryant, 31, hasn’t played a game since Dec. 31, 2017 — a span of 1,043 days come Sunday. He can become the second Pro Bowl wide receiver miss two full seasons and then return to the NFL since the 1970 merger, according to Elias data. Josh Gordon was the first in 2017.
The addition of Bryant to the active roster comes at a time when Baltimore is uncertain about the status of Devin Duvernay, who was the team’s No. 3 wide receiver last Sunday after playing 37 snaps. Duvernay