Reports: Bryant has Achilles tendon tear
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.