Two prac­tices in, Bryant’s sea­son in jeop­ardy

Tampa Bay Times - - Morning Briefing -

Re­ceiver Dez Bryant’s stint with the Saints might be over al­most be­fore it started as the team fears he tore his Achilles ten­don on the last play of his sec­ond prac­tice Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

A torn Achilles would end Bryant’s sea­son and pos­si­bly his ca­reer. The in­jury in­cludes a year­long re­hab, mak­ing it even more chal­leng­ing for the 30-year to latch on with an­other team.

Bryant, who has been un­em­ployed since be­ing cut by the Cow­boys on April 13, joined the Saints on Wed­nes­day with a one-year, $600,000 deal.

Bryant in­di­cated in so­cial me­dia posts that he has had a sig­nif­i­cant set­back. The team’s in­jury re­port listed Bryant as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game in Cincin­nati with an an­kle in­jury.

Bryant wrote 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.” BILLS: Run­ning back LeSean McCoy ended his near two-week si­lence by say­ing he wanted to keep his frus­tra­tions to him­self. “I was just up­set how ev­ery­thing’s been go­ing, 2-7,” McCoy said, re­fer­ring to the Bills’ record. “That’s frus­trat­ing. I want to win games, so I just kind of took that ap­proach. Just kind of up­set. But my mind-set is just try to get bet­ter.” The com­ments were his first since a 25-6 loss to the Pa­tri­ots on Oct. 29. COW­BOYS: Dal­las made changes at re­ceiver, try­ing to re­vive one of the NFL’s worst pass­ing at­tacks be­fore a crit­i­cal game at Philadel­phia. The Cow­boys waived a key off­sea­son free agent pickup, for­mer Gator Deonte Thomp­son, while ac­ti­vat­ing Noah Brown off in­jured re­serve and pro­mot­ing Lance Lenoir from the prac­tice squad. DOL­PHINS: Three start­ing of­fen­sive line­men might be out Sun­day. Guard Ted Larsen (neck), a for­mer Palm Har­bor U star and Buc, is doubt­ful, and tack­les Laremy Tun­sil (knee and an­kle) and Ja’Wuan James (knee) are ques­tion­able. JAGUARS: Run­ning back Leonard Four­nette prac­ticed with­out any lim­i­ta­tions or set­backs all week, and coach Doug Mar­rone said he was com­pletely healthy for the first time since Week 4.

JETS: Quar­ter­back Sam Darnold was listed as doubt­ful (right foot sprain), with Josh McCown set to make his first start of the sea­son Sun­day and Davis Webb likely to be signed from the prac­tice squad as the backup.

TI­TANS: The NFL fined safety Kevin Byard $10,026 for cel­e­brat­ing on the Cow­boys star logo at mid­field Mon­day night. Byard said the fine was worth it, and he was sur­prised it wasn’t more.

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