Saints fear new WR Bryant is lost to Achilles tear

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Two days af­ter Dez Bryant signed with New Or­leans, the Saints think the for­mer Dal­las wide re­ceiver has suf­fered a torn Achilles ten­don.

Bryant, re­leased by the Cowboys in April with two years left on his five-year con­tract but un­signed un­til Wed­nes­day, was hurt in prac­tice Fri­day and the club fears the likely sea­so­nend­ing in­jury, a source told the NFL Net­work.

An MRI was sched­uled. Wild­fires im­pact Cal­i­for­nia teams: The Los An­ge­les Rams can­celed prac­tice af­ter a wild­fire forced about 20 play­ers and coaches to evac­u­ate their homes. They’ll cram their nor­mal Fri­day prep into a work­out at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day be­fore host­ing Seat­tle on Sun­day.

The 49ers and Raiders al­tered their work­outs as smoke from a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia blaze af­fected air qual­ity. The 49ers worked out ear­lier, and the Raiders held only a walk­through. The NFL is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Oak­land, where the Raiders are to host the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The 49ers play Mon­day.

Safety rank­ings: Min­nesota’s Har­ri­son Smith was voted the top safety in the league by a panel of 10 foot­ball writ­ers, gar­ner­ing eight first-place votes to out­dis­tance the New York Gi­ants’ Lan­don Collins.

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