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Spring Football Practice Report: April 1, 2013

Alabama defensive line coach Chris Rumph (far left, gray) works with LaMichael Fanning (left, on knees) and Ed Stinson (right) in spring practice.

Alabama defensive line coach Chris Rumph (far left, gray) works with LaMichael Fanning (left, on knees) and Ed Stinson (right) in spring practice.

The full pads came out for the Crimson Tide’s first practice after a week off for spring break. Although few depth chart changes were revealed, Alabama did have several guests in for practice.

Here’s the news.

– The defensive linemen did a drill I have never seen them do before, seemingly simulating slant blitzes. You can see video of that drill below.

– In the outside linebacking corps, it appears that Ryan Anderson is serving as the back-up to Xzavier Dickson while Dillon Lee is staying behind Denzell Devall as he fights for playing time.

Mark Ingram (right) talks to Damion Square (left) at Alabama's practice facility during spring practice.

Mark Ingram (right) talks to Damion Square (left) at Alabama’s practice facility during spring practice.

- Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram and defensive lineman Damion Square were in Tuscaloosa for practice today. Square is looking to be drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft while Ingram will enter another season with the New Orleans Saints in the fall, his first wearing No. 22, the number he wore with the Crimson Tide.

– As the media was exiting the practice facility, former Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey was entering the practice facility alongside his son Marlon and Marlon’s high school coach at Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala., Josh Niblett. Marlon has been ranked highly as a 2014 defensive back and is considering Alabama.

Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores a TD in Saints’ win

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in overtime Sunday.

He rushed 9 yards for his score in the opening quarter. He also caught a pass for 7 yards.

Also for the Saints, safety Roman Harper had two tackles. Dallas Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had four tackles.

Results of other former Crimson Tide players Sunday:

–The San Diego Chargers beat the New York Jets 27-17 as linebacker Jarret Johnson had five tackles. For a report about Greg McElroy‘s first career NFL start for the Jets, click here,

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

–Cleveland running back Trent Richardson finished with 53 yards on nine carries in a 34-12 loss to Denver, but he was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Reports say X-rays were taken to look for a possible break, but tests came back negative.

Richardson also finished with 15 receiving yards on three catches. He has 950 rushing yards, which is a Cleveland rookie record. Jim Brown had 942 in 1957.

Browns rookie fullback Brad Smelley had his first NFL catch for 3 yards.

–Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles and noseguard Terrence Cody added one in the Ravens’ 33-14 win over the New York Giants.

–Kansas City cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and defended a pass as the Chiefs lost 20-13 to Indianapolis.

–Buffalo defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and a pair of sacks as the Bills lost 24-10 to Miami. He has 5.5 sacks for the season.

–Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 13-10 as Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had a pair of tackles.

–Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson defended two passes and made four tackles as the Texans lost 23-6 to Minnesota.

–New England edged Jacksonville 23-16 as linebacker Dont’a Hightower had six tackles, including a sack. He also defended a pass. Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick had a tackle and defended a pass.

–Tampa Bay defensive back Mark Barron had eight tackles, including one behind the line, in the Bucs’ 28-13 loss to St. Louis.

–The Philadelphia Eagles fell 27-20 to Washington as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had four tackles, including one for loss.

–On Saturday night, Atlanta receiver Julio Jones had seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. That gives him 76 receptions for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season.

Don Hutson has the most receiving yardage (1,211) and receiving touchdowns (17) by a former Alabama player, both in 1942 for Green Bay when he was the NFL most valuable player. Ozzie Newsome has the most catches with 89 in 1983 and 1984.

Note: We will update with the rest of the games later.

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Julio Jones scores twice, hits a milestone mark

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a touchdown catch as New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley (28) defends. (AP photo by John Amis)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a touchdown catch as New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley (28) defends. (AP photo by John Amis)

Julio Jones caught two touchdown passes today in the Atlanta Falcons’ 34-0 win over the New York Giants and went over the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards.

Jones scored on two second-half receptions and finished with six catches for 74 yards.

For the year, he has 69 receptions for 1,071 yards. According to statistics provided by pro-football-reference.com, this marks only the fourth time in NFL history a former Alabama standout gained 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Don Hutson had 1,211 for Green Bay in 1942, and Ozzie Newsome had 1,002 in 1981 and 1,001 in 1984 for Cleveland.

In other games today involving former Alabama standouts:

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) carries as Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) and strong safety Mark Barron (24) cover. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) carries as Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) and strong safety Mark Barron (24) cover. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

–Running back Mark Ingram had 90 yards on 14 carries in New Orleans’ 41-0 win over Tampa Bay. He scored a touchdown on an 11-yard carry in the fourth quarter, and he missed his career high in rushing yards by only one. He had 91 against Indianapolis last year.

Two former Alabama safeties led each team in tackles. Mark Barron had 10 for Tampa Bay, and Roman Harper managed 11 for the Saints.

–Arizona safety Rashad Johnson returned an interception 53 yards for his first NFL touchdown in the Cardinals’ 38-10 win over Detroit. His score gave Arizona a 21-7 lead with 41 seconds left in the first half. He also finished with three tackles and a pass defended.

–The Patriots fell 41-34 to the 49ers, but New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower had eight tackles, two stops behind the line and one pass defended. Patriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick had one stop.

–Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw had five tackles, two stops for lost yardage and a pass defended in a 34-17 loss to Denver. Baltimore nose tackle Terrence Cody had three tackles.

–Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson had three tackles and a pass defended in a 29-17 win over Indianapolis.

–Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus had a pair of tackles as the Buffalo Bills fell 50-17 to Seattle.

–In the Kansas City Chiefs’ 15-0 loss to the Oakland Raiders, defensive back Javier Arenas had eight tackles and a pass defended. He also returned two punts for 11 yards and one kickoff for 27 yards.

For Oakland, middle linebacker Rolando McClain was declared inactive by the team before the game.

–Linebacker Jarret Johnson compiled five tackles as the San Diego Chargers lost 31-7 to Carolina.

–For a separate story about Cleveland running back Trent Richardson‘s day, click here.

–On Thursday night, Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry scored his first NFL touchdown as the Bengals beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-13. He picked up a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a score. He has recovered a career-high three fumbles this season.

In addition, he recorded his fifth sack of the year, which is the second most in his career. He finished with two tackles, which is four away from his career high of 23.

For the Eagles, middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a team-high nine tackles and one pass defended.

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Saban still not a fan of recruiting rule that doesn’t let him travel in spring

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram was part of Alabama’s 2008 recruiting class. (AP photo)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama pulled in one of the school’s best recruiting classes in 2008, and the group still is affecting the team as it aims for a third national title in four years.

When asked about the class today, Tide coach Nick Saban took the opportunity for a small shot at a rule change shortly after he signed that class. Popularly known as the “Saban rule,” head football coaches aren’t allowed to go to high schools in the spring to evaluate players.

“I was still allowed to go out on the road, so I got to see most of those guys practice,” Saban said. “Probably the best recruiting class I’ve ever been associated with or been a part of assembling. The evaluation was good and the development of the players was really good. There were a lot of good people in that class. Obviously, the amount of success they’ve had certainly indicates the competitive character they have, the kind of people they have as well as their ability.”

Alabama signed five eventual NFL first-round draft choices (receiver Julio Jones, safety Mark Barron, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and running back Mark Ingram), two second-round choices (linebacker Courtney Upshaw and noseguard Terrence Cody) and a seventh-round pick (H-back Brad Smelley).

Also, safety Robert Lester, defensive end Damion Square and tight end Michael Williams still are with the team and are three-year starters. Offensive lineman Barrett Jones is a four-year starter and likely will go within the first three rounds of the NFL draft, according to ESPN draft analysts.

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Tide in the NFL: Big days for Johnson, Richardson, Ingram

Arizona Cardinals strong safety Rashad Johnson (49) returned his interception 34 yards to set up a touchdown. (AP photo by David Goldman)

Arizona safety Rashad Johnson, a fourth-year NFL player out of Alabama, intercepted a Matt Ryan pass on the first play of the Cardinals’ 23-19 loss to Atlanta.

Johnson returned it 34 yards to the Arizona 9, and the Cardinals eventually scored the game’s first touchdown. It marked Johnson’s second career interception, with his first coming in 2010 against Minnesota. He also had a tackle Sunday and a fumble recovery, although the Cardinals didn’t turn that turnover into points.

For the Falcons, wide receiver Julio Jones caught three passes for 33 yards.

In other games involving former Alabama players:

Alabama fans might appreciate the wrist band Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is wearing today. (Photo of broadcast image by Alaina Fondren)

–In Arlington, Texas, Cleveland lost to Dallas 23-20 in overtime as Browns running back Trent Richardson had another good game. He rushed for 95 yards on 28 carries and caught six passes for 49 yards.

Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had one tackle.

–In Sunday night’s game, Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles in a 13-10 win over Pittsburgh. He recovered a fumble on the last play, returning it 5 yards.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had three tackles and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick two as the Cincinnati Bengals beat Kansas City 28-6. For the Chiefs, cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and returned three punts for 30 yards.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram runs for a 27-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of Sunday’s win over Oakland. (AP photo by Ben Margot)

–Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries in New Orleans’ 38-17 win over Oakland. He scored a touchdown on a 27-yard run. Saints safety Roman Harper had a team-high 11 stops, one pass defended and one tackle for loss. He also intercepted a pass, his second of the year and sixth of his career. For the Raiders, linebacker Rolando McClain had 10 tackles, including one for loss.

–Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans had seven tackles in a 31-6 loss to Washington.

–Tampa Bay beat Carolina 27-21 in overtime as Bucs safety Mark Barron had three tackles, including one when he brought down Cam Newton 2 yards behind the line.

–In Buffalo’s 19-14 win over Miami, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and one pass defended.

–Houston beat Jacksonville 43-37 in overtime as cornerback Kareem Jackson had five tackles and one pass defended.

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick each had two tackles as New England beat Indianapolis 59-24. Hightower also defended a pass.

–San Diego linebacker Jarret Johnson made a tackle in a 30-23 loss to Denver. His stop of Ronnie Hillman resulted in a 1-yard loss.

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Mark Ingram’s Heisman House commercials

When 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III makes his debut in the “Heisman House” commercial campaign, who shows him around the place?

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram, the Heisman winner in 2009.

In the first commercial, the pair run into Herschel Walker (1982 winner at Georgia), Ron Dayne (1999 at Wisconsin) and Desmond Howard (1991 at Michigan).

In the second one, it’s just Ingram and Griffin. The third video is from 2011. It includes about 10 to 12 Heisman winners, and Ingram is the only one in his full football uniform while hanging around the house. In the fourth video, Ingram gets an unenviable job, although Howard compliments him.

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Tide in the NFL: Saints call on Mark Ingram for season-high carries

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) tries to break the tackle of Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Mike Peterson. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram carried the ball 16 times in New Orleans’ 31-27 win over Atlanta, which is the second most in his two-year career and most of the season.

He gained 67 yards, which is his third highest total of his career and highest of the season. His career high for yardage came against Indianapolis in 2011 when he had 91.

Also for New Orleans, safety Roman Harper had nine tackles and two passes defended.

Atlanta Falcons guard Mike Johnson (79) catches a touchdown pass as New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) covers. (AP photo by Bill Feig)

For the Falcons, former Alabama offensive lineman Mike Johnson caught a 1-yard touchdown pass. He was at the end of the line and an eligible receiver.

Ex-Tide receiver Julio Jones caught four passes for 75 yards. He missed most of the first half with a leg injury. He had two catches for 14 yards before the injury and two receptions for 61 yards afterward.

Other performances of former Alabama players in the NFL on Sunday:

–Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson intercepted a pass, defended two passes and made three tackles in a 13-6 win over the Chicago Bears. Before the season, he was fighting for his starting job, and now he ranks third in the NFL with four interceptions.

–New England beat Buffalo 37-31 as Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower had four tackles. For Buffalo, defensive lineman Marcel Dareus had five tackles, two passes defended and half a sack.

–As Tampa Bay beat San Diego 34-24, Bucs safety Mark Barron had six tackles and one pass defended. For the Chargers, fullback Le’Ron McClain had two carries for 5 yards, and linebacker Jarret Johnson made four tackles.

–Linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles as Baltimore pounded Oakland 55-20. He added one pass defended and a tackle for loss when he brought down Raiders fullback Marcel Reece 2 yards behind the line. Ravens teammate Terrence Cody, a nose tackle, added three tackles. For Oakland, linebacker Rolando McClain had two tackles.

–Safety Charlie Peprah had a tackle and defended a pass in the Dallas Cowboys’ 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. For Philadelphia, linebacker DeMeco Ryans had eight tackles, including two for loss.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry turned in a big day as Cincinnati beat the New York Giants 31-13. He had three tackles, and his biggest came in the fourth quarter when he sacked Eli Manning, who fumbled. Gilberry recovered the ball, too. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick played but didn’t record any statistics.

–Teams on a bye week include Cleveland (running back Trent Richardson) and Arizona (safety Rashad Johnson). The Monday night game features Kansas City (cornerback Javier Arenas) and Pittsburgh.

Note: We are covering Alabama basketball this afternoon, but will get this updated with the performances of other ex-Tide players later this evening.

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Tide in the NFL: Ingram has most productive game of year

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram tries to get past Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans. (AP photo by Bill Feig)

It wasn’t much, but New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram put together his most productive game of the year in Monday night’s 28-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Alabama standout rushed for 44 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 23 yards. The combined 67 yards are a season high. He had 53 against the Carolina Panthers in the second game of the year — all rushing.

Against Philadelphia, Ingram had a 23-yard run and a 16-yard pass reception. Safety Roman Harper, also a former Alabama standout, contributed six tackles for New Orleans.

For Philadelphia, middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had six tackles, including Ingram twice. Ryans also played at Alabama.

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Tide in the NFL: Trent aggravates his injury

Trent Richardson (33) is tackled by the Colts’ Kavell Conner. (AP photo by AJ Mast)

Trent Richardson re-injured his ribs in the second quarter of Cleveland’s game with Indianapolis, and the former Alabama running back remained on the bench for the rest of the game.

Richardson was hit in the side the previous week but played today with protection for his ribs. He finished with 8 yards on eight carries against the Colts and caught a pair of passes for 11 yards.

Richardson said Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur made the call to pull him from the game.

“The injury was pretty bad, I guess it limited me a lot,” Richardson told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “I sat down, so, you know, it just hurt me not being out there, hurt me inside not being out there.

“I didn’t want to come out. I said Pat knows what’s best. He made his decision, and I think he made a great decision.”

Houston Texans running back Justin Forsett (28) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (93) and Courtney Upshaw (91). (AP photo by Jose Yau of The Waco Tribune-Herald)

Other performances from former Alabama players today:

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower had seven tackles in New England’s 29-26 win over the New York Jets. His biggest play was a 10-yard sack of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez late in the fourth quarter. Tied 23-23, New York faced third-and-seven at the New England 15 before Hightower made his play.

–The Houston Texans beat Baltimore 43-13 but linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles for the Ravens, including one when he stopped Houston’s Arian Foster 2 yards behind the line in the third quarter.

Baltimore noseguard Terrence Cody and Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson each had two stops. Houston guard Antoine Caldwell did not start but did play off the bench. He came out of the previous game with a concussion. He also has dealt with an ankle sprain this season.

–Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry recovered a fumble in the Bengals’ 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh. Gilberry jumped on a fumble by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter at the Pittsburgh 8, setting up a Bengals touchdown on the next play.

–Middle linebacker Rolando McClain had five tackles as Oakland beat Jacksonville 26-23 in overtime.

–Running back Mark Ingram had 21 rushing yards on seven carries as the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Bucs 35-28. Also for the Saints, safety Roman Harper had five tackles. For the Bucs, safety Mark Barron made seven tackles and had one pass defended.

–Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a tackle as the Buffalo Bills lost to the Tennessee Titans 35-34.

–Several teams are off this week, including Philadelphia (linebacker DeMeco Ryans and guard Evan Mathis), Atlanta (wide receiver Julio Jones and guard Mike Johnson), Kansas City (defensive back Javier Arenas) and San Diego (fullback Le’Ron McClain and linebacker Jarret Johnson).

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Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores, Dareus has a sack

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron, right, lays out New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks as the Bucs’ Brandon McDonald (33) looks on. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus (99) celebrates his sack with Jarius Byrd (31) against the Chiefs. (AP photo by Gary Wiepert)

The Buffalo Bills scored a 35-17 win over Kansas City today as the team paid tribute to former Alabama player Marcell Dareus.

Dareus, a second-year defensive tackle, played after traveling to Birmingham this past week to mourn the death of his brother. Dareus’ younger brother, Simeon Gilmore, was one of three people killed during a burglary in Pelham on Sunday.

“He’s going through a rough time, but he felt responsibilities here,” Kyle Williams told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “He always picks our team up and we’re glad that he’s back.”

Dareus played with a shoulder injury, but still had two tackles, a sack and two stops behind the line. Another former Alabama defensive lineman, Mark Anderson, had three tackles for the Bills, including one behind the line.

“The team rallied up around me. This is my release from whatever is going on in the outside world,” Dareus told reporters. “I focused in on the football field and took everything else out of my head.”

For Kansas City, ex-Crimson Tide defensive back Javier Arenas had three tackles, returned three punts for 40 yards and ran back two kickoffs for 40 yards.

They weren’t the only former Alabama standouts to shine today. New Orleans lost 35-27 to Carolina but Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Saints defensive back Roman Harper of Alabama had three tackles.

Arizona beat New England 20-18 as safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle. For the Patriots, linebacker Dont’a Hightower managed five stops, including one behind the line.

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had 10 tackles and defended two passes, but the Bucs fell 41-34 to the New York Giants.

Philadelphia beat Baltimore as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a big day. He made seven tackles, one sack for a 13-yard loss and two stops behind the line. In addition, he intercepted a pass, although he didn’t gain any yards on the return. Still, it set up a touchdown.

For the Ravens, linebacker Courtney Upshaw had six tackles, including one behind the line.

Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain had two tackles in Oakland’s 35-13 loss to Miami.

Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain rushed for 19 yards on two carries as San Diego beat Tennessee 38-10. Also for the Chargers, linebacker Jarret Johnson had a tackle.

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Bama players in the NFL: Big days for Julio, Hightower

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron (24) knocks a pass away from Carolina receiver Louis Murphy (83) on a third-and-nine throw in the fourth quarter. (AP photo by Chris O’Meara)

New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) runs for a touchdown after picking up a fumble by Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker. (AP photo by Wade Payne)

Former Alabama receiver Julio Jones is well on his way to the big year many are expecting from him.

In a 40-24 win over Kansas City, Jones had six catches for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He hooked up with Matt Ryan for scoring throws of 8 and 14 yards. For Kansas City, Javier Arenas returned four kickoffs for 79 yards and one punt for 14 yards.

Also, in New England’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Patriots rookie linebacker Dont’a Hightower picked up a fumble and returned it 6 yards for a touchdown. In addition, he had five tackles, including one behind the line. Defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick added one tackle for the Pats.

For the Houston Texans, cornerback Kareem Jackson had a big day in a 30-10 win over Miami. He made five tackles, defended two passes and intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass, returning it 3 yards.

Trent Richardson made his debut in Cleveland’s 17-16 loss to Philadelphia, rushing for 39 yards on 19 carries and catching one pass for 5 yards. For the Eagles, linebacker DeMeco Ryans had five tackles.

The Buffalo Bills lost 48-28 to the New York Jets, and Marcell Dareus had a tackle for Buffalo.

New Orleans fell 40-32 to Washington. Mark Ingram rushed six times for the Saints, gaining 15 yards. New Orleans safety Roman Harper had nine tackles.

Arizona safety Rashad Johnson made two tackles as the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 20-16.

Rookie safety Mark Barron made his debut in the Tampa Bay Bucs’ 16-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, who are quarterbacked by Cam Newton. Barron made three tackles and broke up two of Newton’s passes, including a deep ball on third-and-nine in the fourth quarter.

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Tide fan at Cowboys Stadium: Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram appeared at the Sports Illustrated Heisman Tour at Cowboys Stadium.

Mark Ingram has no problem making a prediction for today’s game:

“Alabama wins,” Ingram said with a smile. “No score. I’m not picking a score. Alabama’s going to score more points. How’s that?”

Ingram is at Cowboys Stadium today for the Sports Illustrated Heisman Tour presented by Nissan. He spoke to three reporters before taking the stage to sign autographs.

Ingram won the Heisman Trophy at Alabama in 2009, and he said that if that wasn’t enough to cheer for the Crimson Tide, consider this: He grew up in Flint, Mich., as much more of a Michigan State fan than Michigan.

“My dad went to Michigan State,” he said. “My whole family liked Michigan State. So I kind of hated Michigan.”

Ingram, now a second-year running back for the New Orleans Saints, said he is a big fan of Tide running back Eddie Lacy, who was a freshman when Ingram was in his last year with Alabama.

“He’s got a lot of upside,” Ingram said. “He runs hard.”

Ingram stays in touch with Alabama’s players.

“My door is always open when they need anything,” Ingram said. “I remember when I was there, older guys always were there to help. It was like a family. I want to help the guys there now anytime they need it.”

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Ex-Tiders Harper, McClain shine on NFL Saturday

New Orleans Saints defensive back Roman Harper (41) brings down Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44). Harper played at Alabama, while Tate is from Auburn. (AP photo by Gerald Herbert)

Houston Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson (25) blocks New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19) from the ball. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain continued his strong NFL preseason by making four tackles in Oakland’s 31-20 win over Detroit on Saturday night.

McClain recently received praise from Raiders coach Dennis Allen. According to cbssports.com, Allen said in a radio interview, “A guy I think that has been exceptional has been Rolando McClain. He’s been a guy that has done everything we have asked him to do. He’s smart. He understands the defense and the concepts we are trying to run, and if he continues to improve the way he has been improving and continues to fit within the scheme the way he has done so far, I would expect him to have a good year.”

Three other former Alabama players shined in the Saints’ 34-27 win over the Houston Texans.

For the Saints, Roman Harper had five tackles, while Mark Ingram rushed six times for 19 yards. As he recovers from off-season toe and knee surgery, Ingram has carried the ball 15 times in three preseason games and gained 46 yards.

For the Texans, Kareem Jackson had four tackles.

Ex-Tide defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a tackle in Buffalo’s 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh. Former Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze matched that for the Steelers. He made a tackle for the Steelers’ kickoff coverage in the fourth quarter.

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Mark Ingram deals with his injuries

Mark Ingram has 27 rushing yards in preseason on nine carries. (AP photo)

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram is working through injuries in his second year with the New Orleans Saints. WWLTV.com’s Bradley Handwerger, a former Decatur Daily sports writer, has an excellent piece on Ingram.

Ingram had off-season surgery on his left toe and right knee, and as a result, he practices one day and takes the next one off. He told Handwerger that he doesn’t believe this is slowing him down.

“Not at all,” Ingram said. “When I’m not practicing, I’m out there getting mental reps, in the film, studying the film. Just because I’m not physically taking the rep doesn’t mean I’m not benefitting from getting mental reps or benefitting from watching Pierre (Thomas) go through the play or (Chris) Ivory or (Travaris) Cadet or whoever.”

As this is his second season with New Orleans, Ingram was reminded by Handwerger of how his second season at Alabama went — a Heisman Trophy and national championship. The running back said he would enjoy doing something similar.

“I hope so. I definitely hope so,” Ingram said. “I just want to get better every day. That’s my main focus. Come out here and get better every day. Be productive for this team any way I can. Help us win a championship. That’s my ultimate goal, to win a Super Bowl, and that’s our ultimate goal here.

“Whatever I have to do to help the team win, that’s what I’m all about.”

Click here to read Handwerger’s piece.

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How ex-Tide players did in NFL action Friday night

Former Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a sack in NFL preseason action Friday night.

Dareus’ Bills lost 36-14 to Minnesota, but Dareus got his lone tackle of the game when he sacked Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on the third play of the game. The play lost 3 yards.

Mark Anderson, also with the Bills, had one tackle.

The New Orleans Saints lost 26-24 to Jacksonville as a trio of ex-Tide stars compiled statistics. Mark Ingram rushed five times for 13 yards for the Saints and gained 13 yards with a pass reception. Defensive backs Roman Harper and Marquis Johnson each had one tackle.

For the Tampa Bay Bucs in a 30-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Mark Barron and Wallace Gilberry each had one tackle. Barron also was credited with defending one pass. I know that always sounds so silly — as if he only bothered to play defense for one pass play. The stat means he kept one pass from being completed.

In the Baltimore Ravens’ 27-12 loss to Detroit, Chavis Williams had two tackles and Terrence Cody made one.

Oakland (linebacker Rolando McClain) and Arizona (safety Rashad Johnson) played later Friday night. Arizona won 31-27, and Johnson had three tackles while McClain had two.

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