Saints fear new WR Bryant lost to Achilles tear

The Fresno Bee - - Sports -

Two days af­ter Dez Bryant signed with New Or­leans, the Saints be­lieve that the for­mer Dal­las wide re­ceiver has suf­fered a torn Achilles ten­don.

Bryant, re­leased by the Cow­boys in April with two years left on his five-year con­tract but un­signed un­til Wed­nes­day, was hurt in prac­tice Fri­day and the club fears the likely sea­son-end­ing in­jury, a source told the NFL Net­work’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelis­sero.

An MRI was sched­uled to con­firm the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis.

Safety rank­ings: Min­nesota’s Har­ri­son Smith was voted the top safety in the league by a panel of 10 foot­ball writ­ers, gar­ner­ing eight first-place votes to out­dis­tance the New York Gi­ants’ Lan­don Collins. Ea­gles: Coach Doug Ped­er­son says he op­ti­mistic run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les will play again this sea­son de­spite a set­back with his ham­string in­jury.

Jets: Quar­ter­back Sam Darnold (foot) was listed as doubt­ful against Buf­falo, mak­ing it un­likely he will serve as Josh McCown’s backup. Davis Webb is likely to be signed from the prac­tice squad. Also doubt­ful is re­ceiver Robby An­der­son (an­kle).

Bills: Rookie quar­ter­back Josh Allen’s sta­tus with an el­bow sprain re­mains un­cer­tain and Derek An­der­son (con­cus­sion) def­i­nitely is out, mean­ing it might be Matt Barkley time for Buf­falo.

Jaguars: Run­ning back Leonard Four­nette prac­ticed with­out lim­i­ta­tions, prompt­ing coach Doug Mar­rone to de­clare him “com­pletely healthy.”

Sea­hawks: Safety Bradley McDougald (knee), run­ning back Chris Car­son (hip) and right guard D.J. Fluker (calf) head­lined a list of seven play­ers listed as ques­tion­able to play against the Rams.

Lions: Detroit will be with­out stand­out cor­ner­back Dar­ius Slay (knee) at Chicago. Guard T.J. Lang is also out with a neck prob­lem.

Dol­phins: Three start­ing of­fen­sive line­men might not play at Green Bay. Guard Ted Larsen (neck) is doubt­ful, and left tackle Laremy Tun­sil (knee and an­kle) and right tackle Ja’Wuan James (knee) are ques­tion­able.

Chiefs: Kansas City could be get­ting some much­needed help for its leaky de­fense with line­backer Justin Hous­ton (ham­string) and safety Daniel Sorensen (leg) ex­pected to play against Ari­zona.

Ti­tans: The NFL fined safety Kevin Byard $10,026 for cel­e­brat­ing on the Cow­boys star af­ter an in­ter­cep­tion.

Rat­ings: Three of the league’s TV part­ners have shown rat­ings in­creases through nine weeks, wel­come news af­ter a 9.7 per­cent de­crease last sea­son and 8 per­cent in 2016. NBC’s “Sun­day Night Foot­ball” has shown the big­gest im­prove­ment at 8 per­cent, av­er­ag­ing 19.7 mil­lion view­ers.

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