Two defensive backs with football roots in Alabama returned to the NFL as practice team signatories on Thursday.
Former Alabama security Shyheim Carter has joined the Tennessee Titans training team, and former Decatur High School star Tae Hayes has joined the Panthers training team from the Caroline.
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Carter had been out of the NFL since Oct. 12, when he was released after spending the first five weeks of the season with the Houston Texans training team.
The Titans are Carter’s fourth team in the NFL, although he’s never played in a regular season game. Carter joined the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie in 2020. He was not in the Jets ‘regular season roster, but spent seven weeks on the Falcons’ training squad. ‘Atlanta last year.
Carter joined Houston in May and attended training camp and preseason games before being released into the Cup to reach the regular season roster limit.
Carolina becomes Hayes’ fifth team. The cornerback has been out of the NFL since the Arizona Cardinals released him on August 5.
Hayes has played six regular season games since joining the NFL as a 2019 undrafted rookie from Appalachian State. He played 137 defensive snaps and 20 special team games while appearing in one game for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019, two games for the Miami Dolphins in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and one game for the Minnesota Vikings in 2020.
Tennessee has nine players hors de combat in the reserve / COVID-19. The Panthers have 13 players with that designation, and Carolina also has three defensive backs in the injured reserve.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.