Saints place Bryant on injured reserve, promote Kirkwood
Dez Bryant’s season is over before it had even begun.
The New Orleans Saints placed the newly acquired wide receiver on injured reserve Saturday, promoting receiver Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad to the active roster before Sunday’s game at Cincinnati.
Bryant was injured during his second practice with New Orleans on Friday. A person familiar with the situation says Bryant has a torn Achilles tendon. prop for a touchdown celebration in last week’s victory over the Rams.
Thomas emulated former Saints wideout Joe Horn with his celebration, hiding the phone in the bottom of the goal post and pulling it out after scoring. He was fined for that and having a mobile device in the bench area.
Also fined was Carolina defensive tackle Vernon Butler, whose hit on Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick cost him a hefty $40,110.
Three players were docked $26,739: Ravens safety Eric Weddle for a hit on a defenseless receiver; Chargers rookie safety Derwin James for unnecessary roughness; and Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu (helmetto-helmet hit).
A facemask penalty cost Dolphins DE Andre Branch $20,054. Chargers DE Darius Philon was fined the same amount for a hit on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens was docked $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Patriots: Star tight end Rob Gronkowski will be sidelined for the third time in four games when the Patriots take on Tennessee on Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Gronkowski was limited in practice all week while continuing to deal with lingering back and ankle injuries. Bills: The Bills ruled out rookie Josh Allen and announced that Matt Barkley is expected to start against the Jets.
Barkley gets the nod instead of turnover-prone Nathan Peterman despite having just two weeks of practice experience in Buffalo. He was signed Oct. 30 and will become the fourth quarterback to start for the team this season. It will be his first start in two years.