NFL IN BRIEF Saints place Bryant on IR, pro­mote Kirk­wood

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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. Bay, but with a bye week com­ing would have the chance for plenty of rest ahead of a Nov. 25 game against the Jets.

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.

Gi­ants: Of­fen­sive line­man Patrick Omameh, an off­sea­son acquisition who started the first six games of the sea­son at right guard, was waived. That cleared the way to pro­mote re­turn man Quadree Hen­der­son from the prac­tice squad, four days af­ter he was waived to free up a ros­ter spot for an­other player.

Jets: The Jets signed quar­ter­back Davis Webb from the prac­tice squad and placed tight end Neal Ster­ling on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve.

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