Riley Cooper Fractures Collarbone

On the first day of hitting, the Eagles suffered their first significant injury of the year.

Wide receiver Riley Cooper sustained a left collarbone fracture Saturday and exited practice to undergo X-rays. The injury happened on a one-on-one against cornerback Curtis Marsh. Both players went up for the ball, and Cooper ended up on the ground and began pounding his fist on the turf.

Cooper is thought to be the fourth receiver behind DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, but this certainly clouds the picture. The timeline won’t be known until the severity is determined, but usually recovery takes weeks.

In other injury news, Jason Babin sustained a right calf strain and Antonio Dixon left with cramping.

A couple other (more uplifting) notes:

— Brandon Graham walked off the practice field feeling very good about his performance. “It’s a new era, man. It’s a new day. All is in the past. I had a good day today. All-in-all, I feel like I’m in good shape and I’ll be able to get better every day. I feel like I did a lot more than I expected.”

— Rookie corner Brandon Boykin got his first taste of live action, and held his own.

“I kind of got adjusted to the speed and the contact part of it. I had a chance to get my hands on a couple balls, and I’m feeling pretty confident that I can play with the guys. Now it’s just a matter of me being consistent every day.”

Look for Sheil’s practice observations for all the details.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.cowley.3 Mark Cowley

    Never like to see an injury but could be a blessing in disguise for McNutt. Cooper hasn’t shown much so this opens the door for McNutt

    • Good Lookin ouT

      I don’t think Cooper’s injury was necessary a blessing for McNutt. That kid has some talent and on his own efforts could provide difficulties to the decision makers on who makes this team provided he’s consistent with his play. He looks the part of a keeper Cooper or no Cooper.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.cowley.3 Mark Cowley

        I agree, but with all the talent on this team, I think he would have had a hard time getting much playing time and perhaps even making the roster. And if there’s one thing I know about Andy, he’s loyal to certain players sometimes to a fault. I just like that McNutt will now get probably a fair amount of playing time so we can see if he’s the real deal. Cooper hasn’t impressed since his rookie camp.

        • Good Lookin ouT

          I agree with you 100% on McNutt.

  • g b

    This could end his tenure as an eagle.

  • ICDogg

    I expect him to be on IR. They are unlikely to save a roster spot for someone that, um, replaceable.

  • Good Lookin ouT

    If the kid McNutt steps into his reps at practice and preforms as he did today, the Eagles will be separating themselves from Cooper. All that is left to be answered is if McNutt can contribute on special teams.

    This kid looks the part of a keeper. The Eagles had a really good energy filled practice today. The Offensive was on point. The O Line completely dominated the day’s events. Graham and Curry stood out, but that line rose to the occasion.

    • ICDogg

      I wasn’t as impressed with Curry today as you apparently were. But he looked better today than he did yesterday.

      I thought Bell looked pretty good. A couple guys tried to bull rush him, he stood them up.