Dez Bryant's tenure with the Saints may have been short-lived.
In just his second practice with New Orleans, the newly acquired wide receiver suffered a significant injury Friday. An initial diagnosis showed Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Bryant was to undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis.
The team's injury report listed Bryant as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bryant has indicated on social media that the injury will be challenging to overcome, writing on his verified Twitter account, "Things was just starting to heat up for me ... I won't question the man upstairs ... this is the ultimate test.. thank you everyone for the prayers."
The 30-year-old signed with the Saints on Wednesday following a workout in New Orleans a day earlier. After his first practice Thursday, he expressed an eagerness to play with NFL all-time passer Drew Brees. The surging Saints have won seven straight and last Sunday knocked off the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.
Bryant spent his first eight NFL seasons with Dallas and in 2017 caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns for the Cowboys.
Fire forces Rams to flee
homes, cancel practice
The Los Angeles Rams canceled practice Friday after a wildfire forced about 20 players and coaches to evacuate their homes.
The Rams (8-1) will cram their normal Friday preparations into a workout at the University of Southern California on Saturday before they face the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum on Sunday.
Just one day after the Rams were stunned by a mass shooting less than 5 miles from their training complex in Thousand Oaks, they were forced to make big changes in their normal game-week routine by two wildfires burning in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
About 45 Rams employees were evacuated from neighborhoods south of the Rams' training complex, although coach Sean McVay doesn't believe any homes have been lost. Those forced to leave their homes Friday included defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and defensive line coach Bill Johnson.
Around the league
Chicago Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack is expected to play the Detroit Lions on Sunday after spraining his right ankle Oct. 14. ... Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will play Sunday at Indianapolis after missing the past four games. ... The NFL fined Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard $10,026 for celebrating his end-zone interception on the Dallas Cowboys star logo at midfield in a 28-14 win Monday night.