Dez Bryant Suffers Torn Achilles Just Days After Signing With New Orleans Saints, Now Faces 8-Month Recovery

An MRI confirmed that wide 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, after it 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.”

He was officially put on injured reserve by the Saints on Saturday. In a related move, the Saints activated undrafted rookie wide receiver Keith Kirkwood from their practice squad for added depth Sunday.

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.

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