The Saints placed Bryant (Achilles) on injured reserve Saturday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports. Bryant is expected to be out at least eight months, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, but an official timeline will likely come after the wideout undergoes surgery to repair his torn Achilles. The Saints will move on with a depth chart that features Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, Austin Carr and Keith Kirkwood as their four healthy wide receivers.
Bryant is expected to miss the next 8-to-12 months after an MRI confirmed Saturday that he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The injury occurred during the final play of practice Friday, just two days after the wide receiver signed a contract with the Saints. The 30-year-old will now begin a rigorous rehab process, with the outlined timetable putting him on track to be available as early as the start of training camp in 2019. The Saints promoted Keith Kirkwood to the active roster to provide more depth at wideout, but he's unlikely to see much volume in the passing game during his time with the team. Instead, Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith should see most of the looks at receiver, with backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram and tight end Benjamin Watson also getting their fair share of targets.
Testing on Bryant's Achilles is viewed as a mere formality, with doctors expecting confirmation of a tear, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Bryant sent out a tweet that supports the notion of a ruptured Achilles, describing the incident from Friday's practice as "the ultimate test." He's listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, but he wasn't expected to play even if he was healthy. Now looking at an extended rehab timeline, Bryant may have a tough time generating interest during the offseason. He just signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Wednesday, doing well to land with a likely playoff team in need of help at his position. Bryant celebrated his 30th birthday this past weekend.
Bryant suffered what is believed to be a torn Achilles at Friday's practice, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. While his Saints tenure may be in peril after signing with the team Wednesday, Bryant was listed on Friday's injury report as limited with an ankle injury, per Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Expect Bryant's status to receive further clarification following an MRI.
Bryant isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Bryant has only had two practice sessions to learn the offense since signing Wednesday, and the Saints reportedly want him to drop some weight before he plays in a game. Tre'Quan Smith should be in line for a heavy snap count against Cincinnati, with Austin Carr likely serving as the No. 3 receiver after Cameron Meredith (knee) was placed on injured reserve Thursday. The Saints presumably hope to have Bryant available for Week 11 against the Eagles.
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