Dez Bryant could return to the New Orleans Saints when he's recovered from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in his second practice of 2018.

According to NFL Network, the Saints are hoping Bryant, 30, can play this season. He was signed as a free agent after going months without interest following his release from the Dallas Cowboys in April 2018.

"I have to (play again). I got business and I got ball," Bryant said last year. "I can't end like this. I have to throw the X (symbol) up."

Bryant ended the season on injured reserve.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection agreed to a one-year, $600,000 contract with New Orleans in November. He reportedly turned down a three-year deal from the Baltimore Ravens prior to the season.

Bryant has 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his career, but he hasn't posted a 1,000-yard season since 2014.