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.
Some players remain as odds with what Cooper said. The Eagles held another team meeting today, sans Cooper, where several leaders spoke. Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, DeMeco Ryans and Jon Dorenbos were among those who spoke, cornerback Cary Williams said.
"It’s great to have a conversation about it, but you got to have the guys that have an issue come out and say something about the situation," Williams said. "And I would rather the offender to be in present so everybody could have an understanding of where individuals are coming from.”
Williams said that the focus was positivity, but he claimed that there "was still an elephant in the room" because the players that were offended by Cooper's slur and still had a problem did not speak. He also said that Cooper needed to be in any discussion before the team can put the incident past them.
“I feel like this situation supersedes the season. This is a situation that has to be addressed and he needs to be in those meetings and hear [the voice of] people who have a problem with it.”