Dez Bryant Was Helped Off The Field With What's Feared To Be A Torn Achilles, So That Was Fun While It Lasted
As much as this could potentially suck from the perspective of Saints' players and fans that were really juicing themselves to witness the world premiere of Flexes and X's: The Unstoppable Story, this is much, much worse news for a proud and highly competitive player that was finally getting a long overdue opportunity to prove he's still got it. Love him or loathe him (since there are very few that fall in between), Dez Bryant really looked to have played his cards right in returning to the field in a situation that could best help him pen a tale of redemption which would include a special vindictive aside in primetime at Jerry's World. Unfortunately, injuries are and will always be those random, unpredictable Jokers in the deck.
Now, it's fair to wonder whether or not he's already lived out the last and least chapter of his career. It bears mentioning that the fear of a torn achilles is much easier to recover from than an actual torn achilles, so it's still 'wait and see' for the time being. Still, getting helped off the field during his first practice of a season for which he was still conditioning is just an awful sign. Hope for the best and expect the worst, as they say, but man...what terrible, terrible luck if the fears of both the Saints and, more importantly, Dez Bryant do come to fruition.
Of course, if one were to look past what very well might end up being one of the shortest and most overhyped tenures in the history of professional sports, the Saints would still have to be pretty damn happy with where they currently sit. They'd still want another complimentary pass catcher, as Dez Bryant would make the fifth player of his position group to end up on IR. However, the beauty of making moves when you're 7-1, at the top of both your division and conference, and are fresh off having hung 45 on the head of the last undefeated team in the league is that you don't necessarily need them to work out.
I think Dez Bryant, as a player and personality, had the potential to be an excellent addition to an electric offense, but it's not like the Saints had seen enough of him to mourn his subtraction. I'm sure the mood of the room is somber, as they seemed to have rallied around the arrival of a guy that, reputation aside, seemed relatively well-respected by most of his peers, but that room still has more than enough reasons to have Super Bowl aspirations. If/when they are reached, 'X' will more than likely mark the spot of quite the unfortunate and unforgettable footnote.