Cooper To Have Surgery, Out Six Weeks

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidEagles wide receiver Riley Cooper will have surgery Monday to fix his fractured left collarbone and will be out for about six weeks, Andy Reid said today.

That timetable would make him ready right around the time the Eagles open the season in Cleveland against the Browns.

“I think it’ll be close,” Reid said, when asked if Cooper would be ready to go for that game.

In the meantime, the Eagles do not plan on adding another wide receiver.

“I’m just going to leave it the way it is,” Reid said. “We’re going to let the young guys get some work in and see what they can do.”

Those young guys include sixth-round pick Marvin McNutt, a 6-3 rookie out of Iowa, who made a couple of nice plays yesterday. Earlier today, I wrote about Cooper’s role, McNutt’s chance and some other thoughts on the wide receivers.


Defensive end Jason Babin was going up against right tackle Todd Herremans when he strained his right calf yesterday. The plan was for Babin to get an MRI today, but Eagles players swallow thermometers during training camp so that the medical staff can constantly check their temperatures throughout the course of practice. Babin needs to flush the thermometer out before getting the MRI.

“I think he tweaked it pretty good,” Reid said. “I wouldn’t expect him back here this week. I think he’s going to need some time on that.”

Update: The thermometer is a pill. Zach Berman Tweeted out a photo.


Punter Mat McBriar, an Australian native, has an issue with his Visa that he needs to take care of before he can fully participate in practice, Reid said.

McBriar can work out without the coaches for now and should be good to go by Wednesday.

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