San Francisco Chronicle

Giants’ Barkley is ready to go for Sunday opener


Roughly a year after tearing his right ACL, indication­s are that New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is going to play in the season opener against Denver on Sunday.

Coach Joe Judge said Friday that the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had a good week of practice, terming the workouts encouragin­g and promising.

Barkley said he felt good this week, noting he did not have a setback. That was a problem Judge said could keep Barkley out of the game.

“I wouldn’t go out there unless I felt confident that I can protect myself and be able to help the team,” Barkley said.

Medical report: Baltimore put running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters on injured reserve after each suffered a season-ending knee injury Thursday.

Coach John Harbaugh described the injuries as noncontact ligament tears from practice.

“Gus made a cut — left-toright cut — and landed wrong on his ankle, and the weight ended up going on his knee. Kind of a fluke deal,” Harbaugh said. “Marcus was just kind of turning, pivoting on a turn — a basic turn that he makes dozens of times every single practice.”

⏩ Tampa Bay cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting will be sidelined indefinite­ly because of a dislocated elbow suffered during the Buccaneers’ win over Dallas on Thursday, but head coach Bruce Arians indicated that Murphy-Bunting may not need to go on IR.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed,” Arians said.

Murphy-Bunting appeared in all 16 games last season, making 13 starts.

⏩ Washington wide receiver Curtis Samuel (groin injury), New Orleans wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring) and Baltimore tight end Nick Boyle (knee) were placed on short-term injured reserve. The IR designatio­n means each of them will miss at least three games.

⏩ New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder will miss the season opener at Carolina on Sunday while he continues to recover from COVID-19 . ... Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati because of a knee injury. Briefly: Dallas right tackle La’el Collins was suspended five games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Collins won’t be eligible to return until a Week 8 game against Minnesota . ... Baltimore signed former Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who was released by New Orleans on Tuesday . ... Indianapol­is running back Nyheim Hines agreed to a threeyear, $18.6 million extension.

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