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- Just days after ending his NFL hiatus and signing with the New Orleans Saints, team officials fear that veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant has torn his Achilles tendon.
- Bryant – who spent eight years with the Dallas Cowboys before they released him in April – has spent the first half of the 2018 NFL season parsing out his best landing spot as a free agent.
- The 30-year-old needed help leaving the field after the apparent lower leg injury sustained during his first practice with the Saints Friday afternoon.
Veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant – who signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Thursday after a long NFL hiatus – may have suffered a season-ending injury at his first practice with his new team.
According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Bryant needed assistance leaving the field after suffering the apparent injury during practice Friday afternoon. He will immediately get an MRI to confirm whether or not he has a torn Achilles tendon.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 9, 2018
Bryant spent eight years with the Dallas Cowboys before the franchise released him in April. He spent the following six months as a free agent carefully weighing his options for his next team.
He reportedly had offers to join multiple different franchises before landing with the Saints, who are widely considered one of the best teams in the NFL and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 7, 2018
Paired with superstar quarterback Drew Brees, who is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season, Bryant had hoped to prove that he still had a few years of dominant play left in his career and potentially collect a ring in the process. His contract with New Orleans was heavily incentives based.