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Former Tide players Amari Cooper, Marlon Humphrey return to NFL training camp

Jake Roth - USA TODAY Sports

A pair of NFL teams received good news on Tuesday, as the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders both returned a quality player to training camp after injuries.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper was back in action for the Raiders, ending a seven-day absentee period since Aug. 3. 

Per Raiders’ beat writer Michael Gehlken, the second-year target is sporting a compression sleeve over his left leg.

To follow up a back-to-back performance of 1,000 yards, Cooper intends to build even more chemistry with quarterback Derek Carr.

As a two-time Pro Bowl selection, the Miami (Fla.) native helped the Raiders secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. Oakland will host the Los Angeles Rams for week two of NFL preseason on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. (ET).  

As for the Ravens, rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey is scheduled to travel to Miami for his preseason debut on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. He missed a couple of training camp sessions, due to an undisclosed injury but head coach John Harbaugh says the first-round pick is good to go. 

Before getting picked fourth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Cooper set a career mark in receptions (228), receiving yards (3,463) and touchdowns (31) at Alabama.

He set a single-season record in 2014, accounting for 1,727 yards with 16 touchdowns on 124 catches. 

Humphrey, on the other hand, served on defense for the Crimson Tide. A two-year starter at cornerback, he posted 81 total tackles, 13 pass breakups and five interceptions (one score).

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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