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Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant WR - NO

Experience: 8 YRS  
Height: 6'2"  
Weight: 220 
Bye: 6

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An MRI confirmed that Saints WR Dez Bryant tore his Achilles in Friday's practice. He's done for the season just a day after signing with New Orleans. Bryant turned 30 a few days ago and was already in decline prior to this injury. He faces a tough road to re-emerge as a real-life and fantasy football asset. The Saints will move forward with WRs Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith and Austin Carr.

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Saints WR Dez Bryant suffered an injury in Friday's practice that the team believes is a torn Achilles, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. That'd end Bryant's 2018 campaign before it ever started -- and might put an end to his career. We'll update his status when we learn more.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it'd be "incredibly ambitious" to expect Saints WR Dez Bryant to play against the Bengals this weekend. Bryant will officially sign on Thursday, giving him just 2 days to practice with his new team. So a Week 11 debut in a big game against the Eagles seems more likely. Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith and Austin Carr figure to serve as New Orleans' top 3 WRs in Cincinnati on Sunday.

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WR Dez Bryant has finally found a home, inking a 1-year deal with the Saints. The 30-year-old looked like a player in decline last season, averaging a career-low 12.1 yards per catch. He seems best-suited as a possession receiver at this point, which is the role he might be stepping into with the Saints. Bryant would look good as a big slot WR between Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith. From a fantasy perspective, Bryant figures to duke it out for targets with Smith behind top dogs Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Dez is worth adding in most fantasy leagues, but we'd consider him just a WR4 for now. We'll see how quickly he can settle into the offense. Smith's value takes a considerable hit with Bryant's arrival.

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The Cowboys are expected to release WR Dez Bryant, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer. We've heard whispers about this for a while now. Dallas reportedly wants Bryant to take a pay cut from the $12.5 million he's scheduled to earn this year and next -- and the mercurial WR evidently isn't willing to oblige. The 2 sides are meeting today, but a divorce is expected "barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart," Schefter tweets. Bryant's production has crated since 3-straight seasons of 1,200+ yards from 2012 to 2014. Over the past 3 years, he's totaled just 150 catches for 2,035 yards and 17 TDs across 38 appearances. He seemingly struggled to get on the same page as QB Dak Prescott, corralling just 52.2% of his targets over the last 2 seasons. Bryant is still just 29, so there's certainly a chance he bounces back in 2018. We'll see where he lands before assessing his fantasy value. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are left with Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley atop their WR depth chart. They figure to be in the market for a rookie WR or 2.

Update: They did.

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Injury Predictor

Bryant has dealt with a number of ailments the past two years: He’s battled foot, ankle, back, and knee injuries, which have caused him to miss 10 games the past two seasons (after stringing together 3 seasons of 16 games between 2012-2014). The Cowboys Pro Bowl WR declared himself “100%” healthy in OTAs this spring. That’s a contrast from his contract holdout in 2015, and multiple surgeries he endured last spring.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
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Date Injury Analysis
Sep 25, 2016 Knee Patella Fracture Dez suffered a hairline fracture in his knee during Week 3 action. He missed significant practice time as a result.
Aug 22, 2016 Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Bryant suffered a concussion in a preseason practice and sat out the final 2 preseason games.
Dec 19, 2015 Pedal Ankle Fracture Bryant had loose bone chips removed from the front of his right ankle, which had generated pain and swelling.
Dec 19, 2015 Pedal Foot Fracture Bryant aggravated his fractured foot and required a 2nd surgery on the foot -- as well as his right ankle -- in January.
Sep 13, 2015 Pedal Foot Fracture Bryant fractured the 5th metatarsal in his right foot. He had surgery 9/14 and missed the next 5 games (with a Week 6 bye mixed in).
Aug 6, 2015 Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Bryant suffered a hamstring strain in an early-August camp practice and sat out all 4 preseason games.
Sep 8, 2013 Pedal Foot Sprain Bryant suffered a minor foot sprain and played through the issue.
Dec 9, 2012 Hand Finger Fracture In Week 14, Bryant broke his left index finger. He played through the season but required surgery in the offseason.
Oct 28, 2012 Inguinal Hip Bruise Bryant bruised his right hip against the Giants but didn't miss a game.
Aug 20, 2012 Knee Strain Grade 1 Bryant sat out 2 preseason games while dealing with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, also known as "jumper's knee." He sustained the injury in a Monday practice with the Chargers but was ready for the season.
Sep 11, 2011 Leg Thigh Bruise After taking a low hit, Bryant was ruled out for the following week's game due to a bruised thigh.
Dec 5, 2010 Leg Fibula Fracture Bryant fractured his right fibula, earning him a spot on the IR for the remaining 5 games of the season.

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