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Las Vegas Raiders add another former Alabama player to their roster

Las Vegas Raiders add another former Alabama player to their roster

The Las Vegas Raiders added another former Alabama player to their roster on Wednesday when the NFL team added cornerback Tony Brown to its practice squad.

Brown joins Lester Cotton and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as the Raiders' third Crimson Tide alumnus on the practice squad. Running backs Kenyan Drake and Josh Jacobs, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, and nose tackle Damion Square, all former Alabama players, are on Las Vegas' active roster.

Brown joined the Raiders after the Cincinnati Bengals released him from their practice squad last week.

Players on the practice squad practice with their teams, but they are not allowed to participate in games with two exceptions.

Each team is allowed to elevate two players from its practice squad to its active roster for each game, although no player may be elevated more than twice during the season (unless the call up is for COVID-19 reasons). After the game, the higher players revert to their practice-squad status without having to undergo waivers.

Brown did not play in any of the Bengals games this season prior to his release.

Brown played on two CFP national championship teams at Alabama, and he had an interception in his final game with the Crimson Tide -- a 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia in the national title game for the 2017 season.

Brown joined the Los Angeles Chargers' training camp in 2018 as an undrafted rookie. Brown was released by the Chargers at the end of the preseason and transferred to the Green Bay Packers practice squad before being assigned to an active roster in the fourth week of 2018.

Brown had 34 tackles, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles for Green Bay in 2018. He only had 10 tackles in 2019.

Brown was on the field for 47 defensive snaps and 136 special-teams plays in 2019 after having 287 defensive Snaps & 178 special teams plays during 11 games with Green Bay in 2018.

Brown played in nine games for Green Bay in 2019, and he did not play after Nov. 24. Brown missed two games in October with a hamstring injury, and he appeared on the Packers injury report with an ankle problem for the first three weeks of December.

Brown was released on Dec. 30, 2019, the day before the Packers' final regular-season game, after Cincinnati claimed him off waivers.

Brown made 87 defensive tackles and 187 special-teams plays in 13 games in his first season with Cincinnati. Brown made 71 of his defensive snaps in his only start, when he made nine tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, and broke up a pass in op-ed 36-10 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 15, 2020. Brown had 13 tackles for the season.

Brown, a restricted free agent in the offseason, became an unrestricted free agency in March when the Bengals did not offer he.

Brown re-signed with Cincinnati anyway, but he didn't make it to the regular-season roster limit after the preseason and ended up on the Bengals' practice squad to open the 2021 campaign.

Mark Inabinett is a sports writer for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.


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