Saints fear new WR Bryant lost to Achilles tear

The Wichita Eagle - - 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.

Wild­fires im­pact Cal­i­for­nia teams: The Los An­ge­les Rams can­celed prac­tice af­ter a wild­fire forced about 20 play­ers and coaches to evac­u­ate their homes. They’ll cram their nor­mal Fri­day prep into a work­out at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day be­fore they host Seat­tle on Sun­day.

The 49ers and Raiders al­tered their work­outs as smoke from a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia blaze af­fected air qual­ity.

The 49ers worked out ear­lier, while the Raiders scaled back to a walk­through.

The NFL is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Oak­land, where the Raiders are to host the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The 49ers don’t play un­til Mon­day. 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.

Prov­i­dence ex­tended its lead back to seven points, but WSU reeled off a 10-0 run to stake claim to a 30-27 lead. The rally was high­lighted by a good stretch from McDuffie, who made an ac­ro­batic five-footer, hus­tled back down the floor to make a div­ing save for WSU’s de­fense, then capped it off by stroking in a three.

When the Fri­ars roared back to take a 39-34 lead late in the first half, WSU again showed re­silience. The Shock­ers ended the half on an­other 10-0 run, started by back-to-back fin­ishes by the se­niors, McDuffie and Hay­nesJones, at the rim. Marshall switched to a four-guard lineup for the fi­nal 90 sec­onds to great suc­cess. The smaller lineup was ac­tive in its 2-3 zone and pro­duced two straight de­fen­sive stops.

The half con­cluded on a Marshall set piece spe­cial. Af­ter call­ing a time­out with 22 sec­onds left, WSU sent Haynes-Jones into a pick-and-roll with Udeze serv­ing as the de­coy. The real tar­get was Steven­son, who waited at the free throw line for Udeze to set the pick, then went streak­ing to the three-point line as Steven­son’s de­fender was chipped by a rolling Udeze down the mid­dle of the lane.

That al­lowed Steven­son to rat­tle in a wide-open three-pointer to close out the half and elec­trify the Shock­ers con­tin­gent in An­napo­lis.

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