Source: MRI confirms torn Achilles for Dez

Source: MRI confirms torn Achilles for Dez

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An MRI confirmed that receiver Dez Bryant has suffered a torn Achilles and now faces an expected eight-month recovery, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

Two days after signing with the New Orleans Saints, Bryant suffered the injury on the final play of Friday’s practice, a source confirmed to Schefter and was first reported by NFL Network.

The recovery timeline puts Bryant on track to potentially be ready for training camp next year, when he again will be a free agent.

Bryant acknowledged a setback in a tweet Friday afternoon, writing, “This is the ultimate test.”

Bryant, who turned 30 on Sunday, had not been with a team since he was released by the Dallas Cowboys in April. He practiced for the first time Thursday.

The Saints could 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.

With Michael Thomas and rookie Tre’Quan Smith as their top two receivers, the Saints will almost certainly look to add depth at the position next week after placing Cameron Meredith on injured reserve Wednesday and Ted Ginn Jr. on IR last month.

The Saints could activate undrafted rookie receiver Keith Kirkwood from their practice squad for added depth Sunday.

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Bryant tears Achilles on last play of practice

Adam Schefter details the latest on Saints WR Dez Bryant tearing his Achilles tendon on the final play of practice Friday.

For Bryant, the injury continues a tumultuous year that began with a messy divorce in Dallas. The three-time Pro Bowler was released in April when he was due to earn $12.5 million.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bryant was among the NFL’s best in his prime. He recorded three straight seasons of at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014, and he earned Pro Bowl invites in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

His production, however, had been slipping in recent years as he battled foot and knee injuries; he had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games last year. The Cowboys were ultimately ready to move on from what executive vice president Stephen Jones described as a “fiery” personality that could sometimes be a “distraction.”

Bryant signed a prorated contract that will pay him $600,000. He could have made up to $500,000 in incentives for reaching specific reception totals: $50,000 for catching 25 passes in the Saints’ remaining seven games after Sunday, an additional $100,000 for 30 catches, $150,000 for 35 catches and $200,000 for 40 receptions.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett contriuted to this report.

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November 10, 2018 at 10:19AM

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