Bryant suf­fers in­jury in sec­ond Saints prac­tice

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By BRETT MAR­TEL The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team has not an­nounced any de­tails of Bryant’s med­i­cal exam.

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 Los An­ge­les 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 scor­ing play, for the Cowboys.

Last sea­son was Bryant’s best since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014, which at the time was his third con­sec­u­tive sea­son with at least 1,200 yards re­ceiv­ing. He signed his last Cowboys con­tract right af­ter that, but has not ap­proached that level of pro­duc­tion since — a cen­tral rea­son Dal­las re­leased him in April with two years left on his five-year, $70 mil­lion con­tract.

If Bryant is un­able to play this sea­son, the Saints could look to sign an­other re­ceiver soon.

Bryant was signed as the Saints placed re­ceiver Cameron Mered­ith on in­jured re­serve. Mered­ith was sched­uled to have an arthro­scopic cleanup per­formed on the same knee that re­quired re­con­struc­tive surgery in 2017 and side­lined him all of that sea­son.

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Dez Bryant signed with the New Or­leans Saints on Wed­nes­day — he had been re­leased by the Dal­las Cowboys in April.

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