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September 20, 2014

Alabama practice report: DePriest limited for second straight day

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Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 3:37 pm | Updated: 4:03 pm, Mon Aug 4, 2014.

TUSCALOOSA -- After its lone open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sunday, Alabama returned to the Mal Moore Athletic Facility to continue its preseason work. The temperature read 90 degrees, but it felt a lot hotter.

Here are some takeaways:

--For the second straight practice, senior linebacker Trey DePriest wore a black, non-contact jersey and worked off to the side with head athletic trainer Jeff Allen. DePriest wore a black brace on his left knee.

--DePriest rode a stationary bike and went through multiple drills to test his knee. For the most part, he was able to run in a straight line and also move side to side. He did have a noticeable limp.

--In DePriest’s place at inside linebacker, Reuben Foster continued to get extra reps along with Reggie Ragland. On Sunday, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said Foster has “come a long way” with his understanding of the defense.

--After being limited on Sunday, sophomore Maurice Smith went through drills with the cornerbacks.

--Wide receiver Robert Foster continued to work from the back of line. Toward the end of Sunday’s practice, Foster joined DePriest, Smith and Eddie Jackson off to the side with Allen as the rest of the team went through conditioning. All are minor injuries, according to Tide coach Nick Saban.

--Speaking of Jackson, he was back in a red jersey participating in drills. 

--Dakota Ball is still working with the tight ends. After a couple of days, he looks more natural and comfortable in the position. He caught a couple of passes during Sunday’s open practice.

--Sophomore Derrick Henry is practicing with wrapping on his right knee. Henry fell behind T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and Altee Tenpenny, but ahead of Tyren Jones during drills. It’s likely just another minor injury.

--The offensive line remained the same with Cam Robinson at left tackle, Arie Kouandjio at left guard, Ryan Kelly at center, Alphonse Taylor at right guard and Austin Shepherd at right tackle. With Alabama scheduled to hold its first scrimmage on Saturday, this will be a group to watch to see if there are any moving parts going forward.

--There was no sign of Alabama’s suspended trio -- Jarran Reed, Brandon Ivory and Tim Williams.

--Freshman defensive lineman O.J. Smith is practicing with a brace on his right shoulder.

--A scout from the Buffalo Bills watched practice.

Up next: There is no media availability following practice. Saban and select players will speak with reporters following Tuesday’s practice.

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