Saints fear newly signed Bryant is out for the year
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.