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Starting Auburn O-lineman, WR-turned-CB return to practice

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After brief time away due to injury, a pair of contributors to Auburn’s run to the BCS title game last year have returned to the practice, head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Saturday.

Offensive lineman Chad Slade had missed the past few practices with what was only described as a minor injury.  Cornerback Trovon Reed, on the other hand, has been bothered by a lingering hamstring issue.

Both seniors, though, made their returns the day after the entire Tiger team was given its first off-day of summer camp.

“We did have an off day yesterday,” said Malzahn, “which was good for a lot of our guys to kind of heal themselves up for the nicks and things that come with six days straight.”

Slade has started 35 games the past three seasons, mostly at right guard. He’s penciled in to be the starting left guard this season because of a back injury to starter Alex Kozan that will cost him all of the 2014 season.

Reed had spent the past three seasons as a wide receiver before moving to the defensive secondary this spring. ┬áHe’s in the running for a starting job in his first year at the new position.

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