Saints’ Bryant hurt, calls in­jury the ‘ul­ti­mate test’

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METAIRIE, LA. >> Dez Bryant’s ten­ure with the Saints may have been short-lived.

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

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

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.

McCoy breaks si­lence

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. >> Buf­falo run­ning back LeSean McCoy ended his near twoweek si­lence by say­ing he wanted to keep his frus­tra­tions to him­self in what’s been a mis­er­able sea­son.

“I was just up­set how ev­ery­thing’s been go­ing, 2-7,” McCoy said Fri­day, re­fer­ring to the Bills’ record. “That’s frus­trat­ing. I want to win games, so I just kind of took that ap­proach. Just kind of up­set. But my mind­set is just try to get bet­ter.” FRISCO, TEXAS >> The Dal­las Cow­boys are do­ing more shuf­fling at re­ceiver as they try to re­vive one of the NFL’s worst pass­ing at­tacks be­fore a crit­i­cal game at Philadel­phia.

The Cow­boys on Fri­day waived one of their key off­sea­son free agent pick­ups, re­ceiver Deonte Thomp­son, and ac­ti­vated Noah Brown off in­jured re­serve and pro­moted Lance Lenoir from the prac­tice squad.

The moves come two weeks af­ter the Cow­boys traded their up­com­ing firstround draft pick to Oak­land for re­ceiver Amari Cooper, who was solid and scored a touch­down in his Dal­las de­but, a 28-14 loss to Ten­nessee. The Cow­boys (35)

The com­ments were the first from McCoy since a 25-6 loss against New Eng­land on Oct. 29.

“There’s plays to be made and we’re not mak­ing them. Got to play smarter. Got to play bet­ter. Sim­ple as that,” McCoy said. “Can’t com­plain or pout about it. Just got to find ways to win games and make it hap­pen.”

Rams can­cel prac­tice for fire; 20 evac­u­ate

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

The Rams (8-1) will cram visit the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles (4-4) on Sun­day night.

Dal­las is 29th in the league in pass­ing and hasn’t been able to com­pen­sate for de­fenses that fo­cus on stop­ping star run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott.

Brown hasn’t played this sea­son while bat­tling a ham­string in­jury. He ap­peared in 13 games last sea­son, with four catches for 33 yards. Lenoir ap­peared in one game last year.

The Cow­boys ruled out four de­fen­sive play­ers against the Ea­gles: line­men Taco Charl­ton (shoul­der) and David Irv­ing (an­kle) and lineback­ers Sean Lee (ham­string) and Joe Thomas (foot). Rookie left guard Con­nor Wil­liams also was ruled out.

their nor­mal Fri­day prepa­ra­tions into a work­out at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day be­fore they face the ea­hawks at the Coli­seum on Sun­day.

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 forced to make big changes in their nor­mal game-week rou­tine by two wild­fires burn­ing in Ven­tura and Los An­ge­les coun­ties.

“I don’t think any­body’s house has been specif­i­cally af­fected, but they did have to leave the ar­eas,” coach Sean McVay said. “It’s still a scary thing, ...”

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