Dez Bryant Out With Possible Torn Achilles Tendon

Posted by | November 9, 2018 .

WOW!!! That didn’t last long.

Dez Bryant, who turned 30 on Sunday, had not been with a team since he was released by the Dallas Cowboys in April after his on-field productivity slipped in 2016 and 2017. The once-dominant physical wideout hasn’t surpassed 900 yards since signing a lucrative extension in 2015 — an extension fueled by remarkable numbers he racked up en route to being named a first-team All-Pro in 2014.

The Saints took a big chance on him for both his physical ability and his attitude. He practiced for the first time on Thursday with the New Orleans Saints and now they fear that Bryant tore his Achilles on the final play of Friday’s practice, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Saints signed Bryant with a view to bolster the spot, which hasn’t been productive since Ted Ginn went on injured reserve with a knee injury. Ginn last played in Week 4, yet his 22 targets on the season still rank second among the wide receivers on the Saints’ roster behind Thomas’ 79. Ginn’s 12 catches are also tied with rookie Tre’Quan Smith as the second-most among the team’s wide receivers.




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The Saints could potentially turn to another decorated veteran receiver, Brandon Marshall, who also impressed the team during a Tuesday workout, according to Schefter. The Saints also auditioned veteran receiver Kamar Aiken on Tuesday before opting to sign Bryant.

The Saints currently have four wide receivers on injured reserve: Ginn, Meredith, Tommylee Lewis and Travin Dural. Given that a torn Achilles tendon is a season-ending injury, Bryant would be the fifth wideout to land on injured reserve for the Saints should the MRI confirm the injury.