Saints fear new WR Bryant lost to Achilles tear
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.
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.