Dez Bryant may not see the field for the high-powered New Orleans Saints offense in 2018 after all.
The Saints, who signed the former Dallas Cowboy to a one-year contract Wednesday, fear Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in Friday’s practice, according to NFL.com. He first practiced with New Orleans on Thursday.
Bryant was scheduled for an MRI Friday afternoon, NFL.com writer Tom Pelissero reported.
"Things were just starting to heat up for me," Bryant wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon. "I won't question the man upstairs. This is the ultimate test. Thank you everyone for the prayers."
The NFL Network’s Jane Slater wrote on Twitter that she was told Bryant was “coming out of a routine route” when the injury happened.
An injury as dire as the Saints believe it to be would be a gut-punch to a team that thought it had added a weapon to what was already a Super Bowl contender.
The Drew Brees-led Saints rank seventh in the league in yardage and second in points per game, but employ a receiving corps that lacks much starpower outside of budding superstar Michael Thomas.
No wide receiver beyond Thomas has more than 12 catches on the year. Alvin Kamara, a second-year pro who has emerged as one of the league’s most dynamic running backs, is the team’s second-leading receiver with 51 catches. Tight end Benjamin Watson has hauled in 26 passes.
A serious injury to Bryant would also take a little shine off of the Saints' Nov. 29 contest – Bryant’s homecoming to AT&T Stadium to play against the team that employed him for eight years.