Saints fear new WR Bryant lost to Achilles tear

The Herald Sun - - Sports -

Two days af­ter Dez Bryant signed with New Or­leans, the Saints be­lieve that the for­mer Dal­las wide re­ceiver has suf­fered a torn Achilles ten­don.

Bryant, re­leased by the Cowboys in April with two years left on his five-year con­tract but un­signed un­til Wed­nes­day, was hurt in prac­tice Fri­day and the club fears the likely sea­son-end­ing in­jury, a source told the NFL Net­work’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelis­sero. An MRI was sched­uled to con­firm the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis.

Rams clear out: The team can­celed prac­tice af­ter a wild­fire forced about 20 play­ers and coaches to evac­u­ate their homes. They’ll cram their Fri­day prep into a work­out at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Satur­day be­fore they host Seat­tle Sun­day.

Flip­ping per­fect: Kansas City coach Andy Reid has sent his cap­tains to mid­field be­fore kick­off nine times this sea­son, and nine times they have trot­ted back hav­ing won the coin toss.

The streak, which trails the Li­ons’ record 14 in 2004-05, has be­come a run­ning side­bar in the Chiefs’ locker room. No­body talks about it, much like a pitcher in the midst of a no-hit­ter.

“I don’t want that pres­sure on me, for sure,” quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes said.

No­table

Ea­gles: Coach Doug Ped­er­son says he op­ti­mistic run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les will play again this sea­son de­spite a set­back with his ham­string in­jury.

Jets: Quar­ter­back Sam Darnold (foot) was listed as doubt­ful against Buf­falo, mak­ing it un­likely he will serve as Josh McCown’s backup. Davis Webb is likely to be signed from the prac­tice squad. Also doubt­ful is re­ceiver Robby An­der­son (an­kle).

Bills: Rookie quar­ter­back Josh Allen’s sta­tus with an el­bow sprain re­mains un­cer­tain and Derek An­der­son (con­cus­sion) def­i­nitely is out, mean­ing it might be Matt Barkley time for Buf­falo. Jaguars: Run­ning back Leonard Four­nette prac­ticed with­out lim­i­ta­tions, prompt­ing coach Doug Mar­rone to de­clare him “com­pletely healthy.”

Chiefs: The team could be get­ting some much-needed help for its ail­ing, leaky de­fense with linebacker Justin Hous­ton (ham­string) and safety Daniel Sorensen (leg) ex­pected to play against Ari­zona.

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

Bears: The team and its play­ers raised $813,850 in so­cial jus­tice do­na­tions, with match­ing grants.

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