Linebacker Anthony Barr expected to play in season opener

For the first time in nearly a week, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr dressed in shoulder pads, cleats and a helmet for practice.

After suffering an undisclosed head injury during live drills last Tuesday, the Bruins’ All-American had been sidelined, appearing at practice only as an observer. Head coach Jim Mora did not talk in detail about Barr, but said he expects the star defender to play in Saturday’s 7 p.m. season opener against Nevada.

“He’s good to go,” Mora said.

The rest of what Mora called his first and last injury report of the season: freshman offensive lineman John Lopez and fullback Luke Gane will both miss the game with concussions.

Linebacker Aaron Porter and defensive Ian Taubler also remain out with concussions. Mora said a few weeks ago that Taubler, who had also suffered a concussion during last year’s camp, may be a redshirt candidate.

“I think we’re relatively healthy considering the tough camp that we had,” Mora said.

Freshman defensive back Johnny Johnson will have season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday. He injured his shoulder early in fall camp, but likely would have been a contributor in the secondary based on his small work sample.

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  • Bruin 34

    Great news! 10 years ago this wouldn’t have even been a story. Nice to see Mora actually cares about his men no matter how bright a star he is.