On Saturday, the Saints made the obvious move and placed Dez Bryant on injured reserve and promoted Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad.The Saints made two roster moves on Saturday, Nov. 10, both expected. First, Dez Bryant was placed on season ending injured reserve. Second, the team promoted rookie wide receiver Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad to the active roster.The news was bad for Dez Bryant as MRIs revealed he did, in fact, have a torn Achilles and will be sidelined for at least eight months. That would mean a recovery would come well after his contract with the Saints expires. The Saints will still have an opportunity to negotiate a deal with him in the offseason but recovery from this type of injury is never guaranteed.It’s likely no move will be made with Bryant until doctors have cleared him to resume football activities. And that won’t happen until around time for training camp in 2019 at the soonest.Saints players, including Michael Thomas and Mark Ingram, have indicated they’ll be “throwing up Xs” during tomorrow’s Week 10 matchup with the Bengals. The gesture, forearms crossed in the shape of an X, is Dez Bryant’s signature move for celebrations and big plays.Best believe we throwing up the X still bro 🙅🏾♂️ #weallwegot— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 9, 2018The other move the Saints made, bringing up Keith Kirkwood, was also anticipated. Kirkwood was a bright spot for the Saints in training camp and in preseason action. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver was added to the Saints roster following the 2018 NFL Draft as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Temple University.Even with his addition to the 53-man roster, the Saints will still only have four healthy receivers active. Tommylee Lewis is set to return soon, but for Week 10, the Saints will only have Kirkwood, Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith and Austin Carr. But, unlike Bryant, Kirkwood is very familiar with the Saints playbook and should see immediate action against the Bengals. Next: 2018 Season: New Orleans Saints at the halfway mark The team usually has five receivers active on gamedays so we should expect to see Alvin Kamara lined up as a receiver on multiple snaps. Tight end Dan Arnold will also likely see reps at receiver since that is the position he held with the Saints last year and through much of training camp before the team began transitioning him to tight end.
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