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.
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.