Saints place Bryant on in­jured re­serve, pro­mote Kirk­wood

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

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.

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