Ravens plan to sign ex-Cowboys star Dez Bryant to practice squad, per report

Dez Bryant might be getting his long-awaited opportunity to return to the NFL.

The Baltimore Ravens plan to sign the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver to their practice squad pending a workout and physical, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.

Bryant, who turns 32 in two weeks, has not played in an NFL game since 2017. In 2018, he signed with the New Orleans Saints but never played in a game after suffering a torn Achilles in practice.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Bryant stands as the Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving touchdowns with 73. He worked out for the Ravens in August, but no deal materialized between the two sides.

Baltimore hosts Dallas on Dec. 3, a Thursday night matchup.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) smiles while out on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Matthew Emmons, Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

The Ravens are 5-1 entering their bye week, but their offense ranks 26th overall (342.2 yards per game) and 31st in passing (177.8 yards per game). Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson has been held to less than 200 yards passing in each of his previous four games.

Earlier on Thursday, the Ravens acquired former Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

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