Eagles coach Chip Kelly met with reporters Friday and seemed to take Thursday's practice fireworks in stride. Kelly said he felt there was no connection between corner Cary Williams' scuffle with wideout Riley Cooper and the controversy that erupted July 31, when a video surfaced of Cooper using the "n-word" at a Kenny Chesney concert.
"We went right back to a team period, right after that. Both of those guys went right back and played. Matter of fact, Mike (Vick) threw the ball deep to Riley on the first play of team period, and Cary was covering him. No followup, whatsoever."
Williams was benched during a practice against the Patriots after tangling with wideout Aaron Dobson, but Kelly said yesterday that was only because he and New England coach Bill Belichick agreed going into the joint practices that combatants would be removed. Belichick also sat Dobson.
Williams has a lengthy confrontation history. Kelly acknowledged he has talked to the corner about "playing with emotion, not letting emotion play with you."