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NFL: Raiders' Cooper back following suspension

ALAMEDA -- Jarrod Cooper summed up his suspension as only he could.

On his first day back with the Raiders on Friday, Cooper said his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs wasn't a result of an elaborate doping regime.

Turns out the suspension didn't cost Cooper his sense of humor.

"I'm not out there running with Marion Jones," Cooper said. "It was over-the-counter, just something you pick up at your local vitamin store. It wasn't FDA approved ... It was my fault, totally, because I went to the store, I bought it, and I didn't think about it. Just a recovery shake, and something was in it, and there you go."

Prior to that shake, Cooper hadn't been in any trouble since joining the Raiders during the 2004 following run-ins with law enforcement while playing for Carolina.

Cooper was a team comedian and special teams standout. The Raiders cut Cooper following the suspension.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin told Cooper there would be a chance for him to return to the Raiders, which happened this week when Cooper worked out for the team.

Cooper won't be active Sunday in San Diego, but will have a chance to play when the Raiders host Kansas City on Oct. 21.

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