Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cooper returns to Eagles and will practice Tuesday

Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles after a four-day excused absence and will practice with the team on Tuesday.

Cooper returns to Eagles and will practice Tuesday

Riley Cooper. (Michael Perez/AP)
Riley Cooper. (Michael Perez/AP)

Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles after a four-day excused absence and will practice with the team on Tuesday.

Cooper arrived at the NovaCare Complex early Tuesday and spent the morning meeting with coach Chip Kelly and Eagles officials before he was given the green light to return to practice. The Eagles are practicing with the New England Patriots for the next three days leading up to their preseason opener on Friday.

Cooper left the Eagles on Friday, two days after a video surfaced of the wide receiver using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. He apologized on Wednesday and practiced with the Eagles on Thursday. Cooper was fined by the team and was to undergo counseling. Kelly said the Eagles never considered releasing the receiver.

It took two days, the Eagles said, for the team to set up counseling for Cooper. Kelly said that he had the receiver practice with the team on Thursday because he did not want the 25-year old to be alone. While most Eagles leaders have publicly backed Cooper, there were some players that said they were having trouble accepting what their teammate had said.

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Cooper said that he got into an altercation with an African American security guard at the concert. The confrontation was caught on video, as was Cooper saying that he would "fight every n- here."

The Eagles had been light at receiver after starter Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL two weeks ago. Cooper was taking most of his repetitions with the first team. He missed three practices during his absence. Kelly has given no guarantees about who will or will not make the team.

Cooper was expected to make the 53-man roster.

He is now back. The question is for how long?

Cooper is scheduled to talk with reporters after practice.

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