Riley Cooper left the Eagles on Friday to attend counseling, and while Chip Kelly said he didn't know when the wide receiver would return, the coach made it clear that he will return.
"There's never been any question of cutting Riley," Kelly said. "We talked on Day 1 when we met with Riley -- myself, Jeffrey [Lurie] and Howie [Roseman] -- and Riley was in full agreement that he needed to get some assistance in this situation. Now it took us about 24, 36 hours to kind of put a plan in place. I was really important, I thought, for Riley to be with us yesterday. Just didn't want him sitting him at home."
Cooper attended practice on Thursday a day after video of him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert surfaced. The wide receiver has apologized several times for using the n-word and has said that he was ready to face any consequences.
One of them, apparently, won't be his release. He was fined an undisclosed amount and will now apparently take part in sensitivity training. Kelly said that he didn't "have an exact timetable" for Cooper's return to the team.