Saints Fear Dez Bryant Suffered Torn Achilles

Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport are reporting that Saints WR Dez Bryant was helped off the field at practice on Friday after suffering what the team fears could be a torn Achilles.

  • While Bryant is undergoing an MRI right now to determine the severity of the injury, a source tells Adam Schefter that the team is “pretty sure” Bryant tore his Achilles.
  • The testing on Bryant’s Achilles is considered “a formality” and the Saints’ medical staff believes it’s torn, according to Schefter.
  • Albert Breer reports that Bryant was coming out of a routine route towards the end of Friday’s practice while working with the scout when it happened.

Bryant is likely to miss the next eight months with this injury, but would potentially be ready for the start of training camp next year.

Bryant posted the following on Twitter:

The Saints just signed Bryant to a contract on Wednesday and were planning to sit him this weekend and allow him to get back in football shape to make his debut in Week 11.

Bryant, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2010. He was in the third year of his five-year, $70 million contract that included $45 million guaranteed and was set to make base salaries of $12.5 million over the final two years of the agreement when Dallas released him in a move that freed up $8.5 million of available cap space.

The Saints signed Bryant to a one-year deal worth $600,000 over the remainder of the season.

In 2017, Bryant appeared in 15 games for the Cowboys and has caught 66 passes for 814 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 45 receiver out of 116 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Bryant as the news is available.

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