Re­ports: Bryant has Achilles ten­don tear

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEEKEND -

Dez Bryant’s ten­ure with the Saints may have been short-lived.

In just his sec­ond prac­tice with the team, the newly ac­quired wide re­ceiver in­di­cated in so­cial me­dia posts Fri­day that he has had a sig­nif­i­cant set­back.

Ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, the Saints be­lieve Bryant has a torn Achilles ten­don and will not play this sea­son.

Bryant has in­di­cated on so­cial me­dia that the in­jury will be chal­leng­ing to over­come, writ­ing on his ver­i­fied Twit­ter ac­count, “Things was just start­ing to heat up for me I won’t ques­tion the man up­stairs this is the ul­ti­mate test.. thank you ev­ery­one for the prayers.”

The 30-year-old signed with the Saints on Wednes day fol­low­ing a work­out 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 eles Rams.

Bryant spent his first eight NFL sea­sons with the Cowboys and in 2017 caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touch­downs.

Last sea­son was Bryant’s best since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014, which at the time was his third con­sec­u­tive sea­son with at least 1,200 yards re­ceiv­ing. He signed his last Cowboys con­tract right af­ter that, but hasn’t ap­proached that level of pro­duc­tion since — a cen­tral rea­son the team re­leased him in April with two years left on his fiveyear, $70 mil­lion con­tract.

If Bryant is un­able to play this sea­son, the Saints could look to sign an­other re­ceiver soon.

Bryant was signed as the Saints placed re­ceiver Cameron Mered­ith on in­jured re­serve. Mered­ith was sched­uled to have an arthro­scopic cleanup per­formed on the same knee that re­quired re­con­struc­tive surgery in 2017 and side­lined him all of that sea­son.

Four­nette ready to go:

Jaguars run­ning back Leonard Four­nette will play Satur­day against the Colts.

Four­nette prac­ticed with­out any lim­i­ta­tions or setbacks all week, prompt­ing coach Doug Mar­rone to de­clare him “com­pletely healthy” for the first time since Week 4.

The No. 4 over­all pick in the 2017 draft missed the last four games and six of eight this sea­son be­cause of a strained right ham­string.

Flacco hurt­ing: Quar­ter­back Joe Flacco may miss the Ravens’ Nov. 18 game against the Ben­gals with a hip in­jury, ESPN re­ported.

The Ravens are off this week.

Flacco suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing the open­ing se­ries of Sun­day’s 23-16 loss to the Steel­ers. He didn’t miss any plays and said af­ter the game that the in­jury didn’t af­fect him.

If Flacco is side­lined, the Ravens could start rookie La­mar Jack­son, the 2016 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner and No. 32 over­all pick in this year’s draft.

An­other op­tion is an­other for­mer Heis­man win­ner in vet­eran Robert Grif­fin III.

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