Linebacker DePriest returns from suspension

Anniston StarAugust 20, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Linebacker Trey DePriest practiced Tuesday following a brief suspension for a violation of team rules.

DePriest's return comes on the heels of sophomore cornerback Geno Smith being suspended for the season opener.

"I'm not too worried about it because I know what type of guys they are," linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "Like I said, people sometimes make the wrong decisions, and as young men we know they're going to have to suffer the consequences for it. So Trey is going to have to suffer his, and Trey is going to have to suffer his. We're going to have to help the back because we're all a family."

Tide coach Nick Saban said DePriest would have to work his way back up the depth chart.

"Trey did everything we asked him to do," Saban said. "Took care of his business, did everything to a T. He's got to work his way back up the depth chart now by continuing to do the right things and having the right attitude. Hopefully he'll make better choices and decisions in the future."

Jarrick Williams

With sophomore cornerback Geno Smith suspended for the season opener, sophomore Jarrick Williams appears to be the next man in line to replace Smith at the "star" position, the Tide's slot defensive back.

"He was out there with the ones in the nickel, so he got his chance to shine," linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "Basically he just has to keep going at it."

Injury report

After twisting his knee in Saturday's scrimmage, Alabama nose guard Brandon Ivory practiced with a brace on his left knee Tuesday.

Ivory, a junior, is expected to replace Jesse Williams in the middle of Alabama's defensive line.

Tide coach Nick Saban said Ivory should be able to do "just about everything" when the team practices Wednesday.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper (foot) practiced in a regular white offensive jersey. Cooper participated in drills and is still day-to-day in his recover.

Defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (shoulder) worked through drills with a brace on his left shoulder. Pagan missed Saturday's scrimmage, but "was able to do some things" Tuesday, Saban said.

Defensive lineman Wilson Love missed a few practices with an undisclosed injury. He returned Tuesday and work a black non-contact jersey.

"I think it is going to be OK soon," Saban said.

Defensive lineman Dakota Ball (appendectomy) was not at practice.

Running back Alvin Kamara (knee) wore a black, non-contact jersey. Kamara rode the stationary bike and is still a week or so away from returning.

Wide receiver Kevin Norwood estimated he's around "90 percent" healthy from offseason toe surgery.

"This injury that I have is going away real quick," Norwood said. "Faster than I thought it would be."

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