Riley Cooper Back with Eagles
Riley Cooper has returned to the Eagles and practiced with the team today. Sources say that the Eagles also plan to play Cooper in their preseason opener Friday against the New England Patriots (Listen on 97.3 ESPN).
Cooper received reps with the first-team offense in his return to practice on Tuesday and scored a pair of touchdowns against the Patriots.
"My concern wasn't how he practiced," said Head coach Chip kelly. "It's just him with the team itself and get the chance to make sure he got to talk to every single guy so that they understand how we felt, what he did, and understand that he's truly sorry for what he did. We'll look at the film and correct all those other things, but that wasn't my concern."
Cooper was caught on video directing a racial slur at an African-American security guard while intoxicated at a Kenny Chesney concert back in June and had been away from the team for four days for therapy and sensitivity training.
The Eagles decided to fine and educate Riley Cooper for his racial slur, not suspend him, leaving fans and the media to discuss how the Eagles were handling this situation, it appears the Eagles have no intention of releasing him right now.
Jeffrey Lurie statement on Riley Cooper
“I want to make this clear; the words Riley Cooper used were totally unacceptable. His words may have been directed at one person but they hurt everyone. Riley has apologized to the team and community and has made a personal commitment to work hard to try and gain their trust and earn his position on the team.”