Saints fear newly signed Bryant is out for the year

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports - Byard

Dez Bryant waited for the right fit, ap­peared to land it, and in just his sec­ond prac­tice, he may al­ready be out for the year.

The newly signed New Or­leans Saints wide re­ceiver suf­fered what the team fears is a torn Achilles, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the NFL Net­work.

ESPN re­ported the in­jury oc­curred on the last play of Fri­day’s prac­tice.

The Saints, shortly af­ter news of the in­jury broke, re­leased the fi­nal in­jury re­port for their game Sun­day against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals. Bryant was listed as a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant with an an­kle in­jury and was des­ig­nated as ques­tion­able.

The 30-year-old Bryant signed with the Saints on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a work­out in New Or­leans a day ear­lier. Af­ter his first prac­tice Thurs­day, he ex­pressed an ea­ger­ness to play with NFL all-time passer Drew Brees and help a club that looks like a Su­per Bowl con­tender. The surg­ing Saints have won seven straight and last Sun­day knocked off the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Los An­ge­les Rams.

Bryant spent his first eight NFL sea­sons with Dal­las.

Some Rams forced to evac­u­ate: The Los An­ge­les Rams can­celed prac­tice Fri­day af­ter a wild­fire forced about 20 play­ers and coaches to evac­u­ate their homes.

Just one day af­ter the Rams were stunned by a mass shoot­ing less than 5 miles from their train­ing com­plex in Thou­sand Oaks, they were forced to make big changes in their nor­mal game-week rou­tine by two wild­fires burn­ing in Ven­tura and Los An­ge­les coun­ties.

“I don’t think any­body’s house has been specif­i­cally af­fected, but they did have to leave the ar­eas,” coach Sean McVay said. “It’s still a scary thing.”

About 45 Rams em­ploy­ees were evac­u­ated from neigh­bor­hoods south of the Rams’ train­ing com­plex, al­though McVay doesn’t be­lieve any homes have been lost.

Those forced to leave their homes Fri­day in­cluded de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips and de­fen­sive line coach Bill John­son.

Some of the evac­uees moved early into the down­town ho­tel used by the Rams on the night be­fore games.

Ti­tans safety fined: The NFL fined Ten­nessee safety Kevin $10,026 for cel­e­brat­ing his end-zone in­ter­cep­tion on the Dal­las Cowboys star logo at mid­field.

“That’s not what we want as an or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Ti­tans coach Mike Vra­bel said.

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