Saints fear new WR Bryant lost to Achilles tear
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.