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.”

NEXT FOR THE EA­GLES ... COWBOYS

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

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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