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.

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