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Dez Bryant suffers torn Achilles in second practice with Saints

An initial diagnosis shows recently signed New Orleans Saints wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon in practice Friday, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Bryant will undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis.

Bryant will get a second opinion on the injury after the MRI. He suffered the injury while running a routine route in practice. He signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Wednesday and practiced with the team for the first time Thursday.


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If Dez Bryant is out for the season, it would be a significant blow to the 30-year-old wide receiver. It would dent his hopes to resurrect his career after sitting out most of the year looking for a team. It also would be a blow to the Saints’ aspirations to strengthen their offense in hopes of challenging for the franchise’s second Super Bowl title.

Dez Bryant was released by the 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.

After visiting with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns during the offseason, Bryant waited until midway through the season before working out for the Saints on Tuesday.

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