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Cowboys’ Collins gets a five-game drug suspension

- FROM NEWS SERVICES — Baltimore Sun

Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins was suspended for five games Friday for violating the NFL’S substance-abuse policy.

The suspension came a day after Collins played his first game since 2019 in the Cowboys’ opener, a 31-29 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Collins missed all of 2020 because of a hip issue that required surgery.

Collins won’t be eligible until Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings, after Dallas’s bye week. The absence means the Cowboys will go at least 22 consecutiv­e games without their top three linemen playing together.

Four-time all-pro right guard Zack Martin, who played a careerlow 10 games last year because of a calf injury, missed the opener after he tested positive for the coronaviru­s five days before the game. Left tackle Tyron Smith, a seventime Pro Bowl pick, was limited to two games last season because of neck surgery.

Terence Steele played the most games in Collins’s spot last season as a rookie, but the Cowboys also moved Martin to right tackle for a brief stint. Brandon Knight, who is on the covid-19 reserve list with Martin, got most of the work at left tackle last year.

• GIANTS: Roughly a year after he tore his right ACL, running back Saquon Barkley looks as if he is going to play in the season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

New York Coach Joe Judge said Barkley had a good week of practice, terming the workouts encouragin­g and promising. He said the running back will need final approval from the team’s medical staff to play.

The Giants listed Barkley as questionab­le.

• 49ERS: Rookie quarterbac­k Trey Lance made it through a week of practice with no setbacks to his injured right index finger and is cleared to play in San Francisco’s season opener Sunday at the Detroit Lions.

• BILLS: Buffalo ruled out defensive tackle Star Lotulelei from its season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Lotulelei, who has a calf injury, is the team’s top run defender.

• VIKINGS: Linebacker Anthony Barr was ruled out for the opener Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals because of a nagging knee injury that kept him on the sideline for much of the preseason.

• JETS: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder will miss the season opener at the Carolina Panthers on Sunday while he continues to recover from covid-19. Crowder is vaccinated but is still working through symptoms.

• CHIEFS: Tyrann Mathieu remained in the covid-19 protocol Friday, and Kansas City is uncertain whether the all-pro safety will be cleared in time for its season opener Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

• TITANS: Tennessee added kicker Sam Ficken to the injury report with a right groin muscle problem and signed kicker Michael Badgley to the practice squad, waiving offensive lineman Christian Dilauro to create a space.

• RAVENS: Newly signed running backs Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman practiced with the team, ramping up their preparatio­n ahead of Monday night’s season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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