Here’s what we saw during tonight’s Eagles-Chiefs game.
Chip Kelly fielded questions today about the Cary Williams–Riley Cooper scuffle and predictably downplayed it as no big deal.
Asked if there was any fallout from the incident, Kelly said: “No, we went right back to team period after that, and both those guys were lined up and played. As a matter of fact, Mike [Vick] threw the ball deep to Riley on the first play of team period and Cary was covering him, so I don’t see any fallout.”
LeSean McCoy has been as candid as anyone when it comes to Riley Cooper. Where several of his teammates rallied around the receiver publicly after his racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert went viral, McCoy allowed his raw emotions to show and admitted that he had lost some respect for his one-time friend.
According to several Eagles players, including Cooper himself, the scuffle between Cary Williams and Cooper was unrelated to anything that went down this summer, and was more about two competitors getting after it. However, according to a report from Jeff McLane, Williams said to Cooper more than once, “I’m not a n- you [mess] with” during the spat.
Either way, the conversation has bubbled back up to the surface. And once again, McCoy took it head on.
Riley Cooper and Cary Williams had a heated exchange during practice Thursday morning.
Williams was covering the receiver during one-on-one drills. After the play, they stood toe-to-toe jawing at one another. It turned physical and some slaps were thrown at each others’ helmets. Brandon Boykin jumped in to help separate the two.
Riley Cooper made his way through the gathered media and onto the field at about 12:20 Tuesday afternoon. He first spent a couple moments with receivers coach Bob Bicknell, then walked over have a conversation with a team employee. Jason Avant was the first player to greet him. He came up to Cooper and affectionately grabbed him before giving him a hug.
That was the icebreaker. Moments later the whistle sounded and business resumed.
“It felt good. It felt great,” said the receiver following practice. “I love being out there on the field playing football, that’s what I do and that’s what I love. It felt good to be out there with the guys catching and running and making some plays, and them coming up to you, supporting you, high-fiving you, chest-bumping you like Jason Avant did in the end zone when I had that TD. It just felt good to be back out here with all the guys.”
Just four days after Riley Cooper was excused from all team activities to seek counseling, he is back.
The Eagles announced Tuesday morning that Cooper has returned from his excused absence and is scheduled to participate in the joint practice with the Patriots this afternoon.