Dez’ sea­son might be done

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Dez Bryant’s ten­ure with the Saints might have been short-lived.

In just his sec­ond prac­tice with New Or­leans, the newly ac­quired wide re­ceiver in­di­cated in so­cial me­dia posts yes­ter­day he has had a sig­nif­i­cant set­back.

The team’s in­jury re­port listed Bryant as ques­tion­able for to­mor­rows game in Cincin­nati be­cause of an an­kle in­jury, but a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said the team is still await­ing the re­sults of a doc­tor’s ex­am­i­na­tion of the re­ceiver.

Bryant has in­di­cated on so­cial me­dia that the in­jury will be chal­leng­ing to over­come, writ­ing on his ver­i­fied Twit­ter ac­count, “Things was just start­ing to heat up for me ... I won’t ques­tion the man up­stairs ... this is the ul­ti­mate test.. thank you ev­ery­one for the prayers.”

The 30-year-old signed with the Saints on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a work­out in New Or­leans a day ear­lier. Af­ter his first prac­tice on Thurs­day, he ex­pressed an ea­ger­ness to play with NFL all-time passer Drew Brees, and help a club that looks like a Su­per Bowl con­tender. The surg­ing Saints have won seven straight and last Sun­day knocked off the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Rams.

Bryant spent his first eight NFL sea­sons with Dal­las and in 2017 caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 50-yard TD, for the Cowboys.

An­der­son out

Buf­falo Bills coach Sean McDer­mott has ruled out quar­ter­back Derek An­der­son (con­cus­sion) from play­ing against the New York Jets to­mor­row, and con­tin­ued leav­ing open the pos­si­bil­ity of Josh Allen’s re­turn af­ter miss­ing three games with a sprained right el­bow.

If Allen isn’t deemed ready, turnover-prone backup Nathan Peter­man likely will start for a sec­ond straight week. Buf­falo’s only other op­tion would be Matt Barkley, signed last week . ...

Philadel­phia Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son is op­ti­mistic run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les will play again this sea­son de­spite suf­fer­ing a set­back with his ham­string in­jury.

Darnold a no-go

New York Jets quar­ter­back Sam Darnold is doubt­ful for the Bills game, mak­ing it un­likely he will serve as Josh McCown’s backup.

Davis Webb likely will be signed from the prac­tice squad to the ac­tive ros­ter to pro­vide in­sur­ance for the 39year-old McCown, mak­ing his first start of the year . ...

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

Rams shut down

The Los An­ge­les Rams can­celed prac­tice af­ter a wild­fire forced about 20 play­ers and coaches to evac­u­ate their homes.

The Rams will cram their nor­mal Fri­day preparations into a work­out at USC to­day be­fore they host the Seat­tle Sea­hawks to­mor­row.

Just one day af­ter the Rams were stunned by a mass shoot­ing less than five miles from their train­ing com­plex in Thou­sand Oaks, they were af­fected by two wild­fires burn­ing in Ven­tura and Los An­ge­les coun­ties.

The San Fran­cisco 49ers and Oak­land Raiders also had to change their prac­tice sched­ules be­cause of heavy smoke and other pre­cau­tions . ...

Jack­sonville Jaguars run­ning back Leonard Four­nette (ham­string) prac­ticed with­out any lim­i­ta­tions or setbacks all week, prompt­ing coach Doug Mar­rone to de­clare him “com­pletely healthy” for the first time since Week 4 ahead of to­mor­row’s game against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts.

Beck­ham op­ti­mistic

New York Gi­ants re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr., asked what he hopes to see from his 1-7 team the rest of the sea­son, didn’t pull any punches.

“I think the goal is to win eight games, go 9-7 and go to the play­offs,” Beck­ham said.

Even though no NFL team has ever pulled off such a come­back?

“It’s not an easy task,” Beck­ham added. “But that’s the goal. We want to win ev­ery game and I want to do ev­ery­thing I can to help.” ...

The Detroit Li­ons will be with­out stand­out cor­ner­back Dar­ius Slay for to­mor­row’s game at Chicago.

The Li­ons ruled Slay out be­cause of a knee in­jury. Guard T.J. Lang is also out with a neck prob­lem.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

TER­RI­BLE LUCK: Dez Bryant (right) sus­tained an in­jury in prac­tice yes­ter­day that might end his sea­son with the Saints be­fore it be­gins.

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