AUBURN, Ala. — LaDarius Owens has regained his health after missing time recently due to an infection. The senior defensive end had a pair of offseason surgeries — one to put a rod in his right leg while the other was to fix a stress fracture.
Last week, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson revealed that an "infection" developed after one of the procedures.
"Some infection got into one of his surgeries. Thank goodness it wasn't anything serious, but it's kept him from getting practice reps," Johnson said. "That's set him back a little bit."
But Malzahn said that Owens was fine Tuesday.
"He practiced today," the coach said.
A senior from Bessemer, Ala., Owens started 12 games last year, collecting 30 tackles (five for loss) and 2.5 sacks. He also had 11 quarterback hurries, tied for second-most on the team (along with Elijah Daniel), trailing only Dee Ford's 17. With sophomore end Carl Lawson out after having offseason knee surgery, Owens is expected to be one of the top candidates to become Ford's successor as the Tigers' top pass-rusher.