Bryant finally finds a home with Saints
Dez Bryant found a new team, joining the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.
The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes from one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history in the Saints’ Drew Brees.
“There is certainly a skill set that he has that is going to be beneficial. So I look forward to getting to work with him. I look forward to building a rapport with him. I look forward to getting him involved in this offense and just become a complement to all the guys that we already have,” Brees said. “He’ll be a great addition.”
The 30-year-old Bryant and the Saints agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday, and it remains unclear to what extent Bryant will play when New Orleans visits Cincinnati on Sunday.
Bryant spent his first eight years in the NFL with Dallas and last season caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys.
JETS: Sam Darnold could be headed for the sideline this week — and maybe longer.
The New York rookie quarterback has a strained right foot, Coach Todd Bowles announced, leaving Darnold’s status for the team’s game Sunday against Buffalo in doubt.
“It’s just adversity,” Darnold said after practice. “You’ve just got to deal with it, get better as soon as possible, get back on the field as soon as possible.”
Bowles said it was too early to rule out Darnold for the game and clarified that the injury was a strain — not a sprain, contrary to published reports.
DOLPHINS: For Ryan Tannehill, the pain persists. It hurts to throw, and it hurts not to play.
The Miami quarterback will rest his injured throwing shoulder for the next several days and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Green Bay, meaning replacement Brock Osweiler will make his fifth consecutive start.
The Dolphins (5-4) have a bye next week. The goal is for Tannehill to return for the game at Indianapolis on Nov. 25, he and Coach Adam Gase said. . . .
The NFL fined the Dolphins $30,000 and Gase $15,000 for an injury report violation a month ago involving Tannehill.
The Dolphins listed Tannehill as participating fully in practice on the Thursday before their Week 6 game against Chicago. In fact, Tannehill was limited because of a throwing shoulder injury that forced him to miss the game, and he hasn’t played since
BROWNS: The losses are piling up for Cleveland — in the standings and on the sideline.
On Wednesday, two defensive starters were added to the stack.
Cleveland placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and cornerback E. J. Gaines on injured reserve, ending their seasons with seven games remaining and putting further strain on a unit lacking quality depth and experience.
FALCONS: Atlanta made a move to bolster its lackluster pass rush by agreeing to a one-year deal with defensive end Bruce Irvin, reuniting the veteran with Coach Dan Quinn.
Irvin, cut by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, became a free agent after clearing waivers on Tuesday with $3.8 million remaining on his contract. The Falcons play at Cleveland on Sunday.
Irvin was expected to join practice Thursday. Quinn said Irvin will play against Cleveland.
VIKINGS: Former Minnesota defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd filed a lawsuit against famed orthopedist James Andrews and several other parties for alleged negligence during a 2016 knee surgery that caused career-ending complications, seeking at least $180 million for potential lost earnings.
Brad Sohn, an attorney for Floyd, confirmed Tuesday the complaint was filed in Orlando, in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for Orange County. Sohn said he believes the case can be made for damages exceeding $200 million, when projecting career contract values for the NFL’s premier defensive tackles.