Amari Cooper returns to practice for Raiders

receiver Amari Cooper returned to practice on Wednesday after sitting out on Tuesday, while free safety Reggie Nelson again worked with a trainer on a side field after the team stretch period.

The Raiders were in pads on Tuesday, but Cooper was in shorts and did not have his helmet. The team practiced in helmets and shells on Wednesday.

Cooper did not appear slowed by his day off in the media window of practice.

No injury reports are required during the preseason, though the Raiders are treating this week’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at the Oakland Coliseum as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. The Raiders play the Titans on Sept. 25.

“It’s unique, especially to play them so early,” said Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. “If we were playing them in November, December, we’d probably just brush it under the rug. The fact that it’s going to be so early in the season and then this game we really want to be our dress rehearsal and try to give our players a feel for what the regular season might be like. We just have to be smart in a lot of different areas.

“It’s definitely not tougher. It’s just another variable to consider and be on top of.”

Also, undrafted rookie running back Jalen Richard was practicing for the second straight day after missing two weeks with a knee issue.

“It’s day by day,” Richard said. “I don’t know if I’ll play Saturday. … When I do come back, I’ll be efficient.”

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