NFL notebook: Giants expected to land Devonta Freeman

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is attended to on the bench by medical staff after being injured against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is expected to land with the New York Giants, provided all goes well with COVID-19 testing, according to Mike Garafolo.

The Giants decided to fly Freeman to New York for a visit with the team after starting running back Saquon Barkley suffered a season-ending ACL injury during Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, only a fraction of what was a brutal Sunday for the NFL in terms of injuries.

Freeman had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Falcons in his two Pro Bowl years and was also a key figure in the passing game. He had 14 total touchdowns in 2015 and 13 scores in 2016.

In 2017, Freeman had 865 yards rushing with seven touchdowns in 14 games before playing in just two games in 2018 because of knee and groin injuries. Atlanta cut Freeman after he compiled 656 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.

The Giants today placed Barkley on injured reserve and signed cornerback Ryan Lewis from the practice squad.

— Information from the New York Post was used in this report.

Bortles signing with Denver

The Denver Broncos are signing former Jaguars and Rams’ QB Blake Bortles to a one-year deal once he passes his COVID protocols, according to Adam Schefter.

Starting quarterback Drew Lock was another member of Sunday’s NFL injury club and is expected to be out for 3-5 weeks with a shoulder injury.

The Broncos have also placed placed wide receiver Courtland Sutton (ACL) and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones (PCL, bone bruise) on Injured Reserve. Sutton is out for the season, while Jones will be out for several weeks.

Rams injury updates

Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers separated rib cartilage during Sunday’s win against Philadelphia.

Additionally, running back Malcolm Brown fractured his left pinky in the same game and underwent surgery Monday to repair it.

The Rams expect Brown to play Sunday at Buffalo, but are uncertain about Akers, who is now day to day, according to Schefter.

More NFL news and updates

— After further evaluation, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford is expected to miss this week’s game against the Giants and there’s no clear timetable for his return, according to Tom Pelissero.

— The Atlanta Falcons are releasing quarterback Kyle Lauletta off their practice squad, according to Pelissero.

— The Detroit Lions are releasing running back Jonathan Williams from their practice squad.

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