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Browns’ receiver Amari Cooper in OTAs after muscle surgery

Amari Cooper (#2) catches a touchdown pass for Cleveland Browns versus Steelers on Thursday Night Football
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One of the best route runners in Alabama football history is back to work with his NFL team.

Amari Cooper, a former No. 4 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, returned to organized team activities for the Cleveland Browns.

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Mary Kay Cabot, a Browns beat reporter for, stated Cooper recently had a core muscle (abdomen) surgery.

He participated Wednesday in wide receiver drills — working routes and catching passes. Cooper was a 1,000+ yard target in his first season with the Browns, totaling 1,160 yards receiving and a career-high nine touchdowns on 78 catches. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder played all 17 games for Cleveland, posting five 100+ yard performances. As a Miami (Fla.) native, Cooper enters his ninth year in the National Football League in the fall. He came to the Crimson Tide in its 2012 class, helping the program to a BCS National Championship as a freshman in 2012. Cooper also earned two Southeastern Conference Championship rings (2012, 2014), a Fred Biletnikoff Award (2014), and an All-American honor (2014). He is one of the best receivers in Tide history.

Cooper and Deshaun Watson look to have a marquee connection in the fall.

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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 @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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