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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) stretches during practice at the Saints Practice Facility in Metairie, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

Dez Bryant described the past nine weeks as a "lot of ups and downs."

Friday proved to be another down.

The New Orleans Saints' newest receiver, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Saints on Wednesday after starting this season without a team, may be out for the rest of the year.

According to a report from Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Bryant was helped off the field at the Saints' practice Friday after suffering what may be a torn Achilles.

The injury came on Bryant's second day of practice with the Saints.   

He had gone unsigned for the first nine weeks of the season after spending the previous eight years with the Dallas Cowboys, who released him in April.

Bryant tweeted about his injury Friday afternoon.

"Things was (sic) just starting to heat up for me," Bryant tweeted. "I won’t question the man upstairs... this is the ultimate test.. thank you everyone for the prayers." 

Bryant was seen stretching at the start of practice, which the media has access to.

According to a report by ESPN's Adam Shefter, the injury happened on the last play of practice. 

Saints coach Sean Payton talked about Bryant's second day of practice shortly before the reports of the injury surfaced, but he didn't mention the injury.

"There's a lot he's learning," Payton said. "A lot going on. Getting him up to speed as much as possible."

The Saints' injury report for Sunday's game, which came out about an hour later, listed Bryant's injury as an ankle injury and as "limited" in practice. It also listed him as "questionable" for Sunday's road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bryant, a former All-Pro receiver with the Cowboys, first came to New Orleans on Tuesday for a workout and signed a contract afterward. He made his official practice debut on Thursday, sporting his signature No. 88.

His injury is the latest for the Saints' receiving corps.

Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) was placed on injured reserve in October, and Cameron Meredith (knee) was added to IR on Thursday.

The Saints' only active receivers who have caught a pass this season are Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith and Austin Carr. 

The injuries were a big reason the Saints brought in Bryant and two others for workouts this week. Six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall and seventh-year journeyman Kamar Aiken were the other two.

The Saints were also hoping Bryant could help with the productivity of a receiving corps that hadn't been productive other than Thomas.

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Thomas has a team-best 70 receptions for 880 yards and five touchdowns this season, but the second- and third-leading receivers in yards and catches are running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Ben Watson.

Smith, the rookie, is the next-most productive receiver this season with his 12 catches for 214 yards.

Smith and the rest of the Saints were thrilled a day earlier after Bryant's first day of practice.

"You saw a guy who is enthusiastic and cheering everybody on even though he didn't practice much," Smith said. "You can tell he belongs here and wants to be here. He brings energy. He's a veteran, so I know he's going to learn the book pretty fast."  

Drew Brees was looking forward to playing with Bryant.

"I look forward to getting to work with him," Brees said Wednesday. "I look forward to building a rapport with him. I look forward to getting him involved in this offense and him just becoming a complement to all the guys we already have."

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