Just days after officially agreeing to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, Dez Bryant reportedly suffered an injury that the team fears may be a torn achilles.
Dez Bryant's comeback came to a screaming halt on Friday.
Bryant's reaction was muted, referring to the injury as "the ultimate test".
If Bryant is unable to play this season, the Saints could look to sign another receiver soon.
Payton said he spoke to Bryant before the draft and any interest was put on hold when the team drafted Tre'Quan Smith.
Schefter also reports they could turn to veteran wideout Brandon Marshall, who they worked out last week in addition to Bryant and ex-Baltimore Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken in Bryant's absence.
Bryant was signed as the Saints placed receiver Cameron Meredith on injured reserve.
Bryant spent his first eight National Football League seasons with Dallas and in 2017 caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys. He recorded three straight seasons of at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014, and he earned Pro Bowl invites in 2013, 2014 and 2016. New Orleans also now lists him as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.