July 30, 2013 |
WHEN JEREMY Maclin tore his ACL Saturday, Riley Cooper said he was so upset he almost cried. "Jeremy's one of my really, really good friends," the fourth-year wide receiver said. "He's a great player. For this to happen to him, I feel for him. I almost shed a tear for him out there on the practice field when I saw him go down. " Losing Maclin, who has averaged 65 catches, 863 yards and seven touchdowns a season since the Eagles selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, is a serious blow to the Eagles' offense.
August 8, 2013 |
Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles on Tuesday, four days after he took an excused absence to seek counseling following a video that surfaced online last week showing Cooper yelling a racial slur. Cooper visited his family's home in Florida during his absence, which began Friday and included only three missed practices. He spoke to Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Monday night and told Kelly he was ready to return. The two met Tuesday morning. By the time Cooper practiced in the afternoon, he said, he had met with every teammate.
August 8, 2013 |
The Eagles' plan for handling the Riley Cooper situation became clear Tuesday. There is no plan. There never was. The team acted quickly to fine Cooper for his videotaped racist threat, then ducked low and hoped it would all blow over. The assumption that Cooper went to some kind of sensitivity training or counseling program appears incorrect. The Eagles excused him from team activities on Friday so he could "seek assistance. " Coach Chip Kelly said there was no timetable for Cooper's return.
August 4, 2013 |
Riley Cooper took an indefinite, excused absence from the Eagles on Friday and will not participate in practice, meetings, or be at the team's training facility until he receives counseling. The announcement came two days after an online video showed Cooper screaming a racial slur at a concert in June. In a statement, Cooper said he needed time to "reflect" on the situation, which could further fester into a divisive issue within the team's locker room. "The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time," Cooper said.
August 2, 2013 |
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized Wednesday after a video in which he used a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert was posted online, and several of his teammates said they forgave him. "I'm extremely embarrassed, I'm extremely hurt, and extremely sorry for my actions," Cooper said not long after the website CrossingBroad.com posted the clip that was recorded in June at Lincoln Financial Field. Cooper had yet to address his teammates, but later he stood in front of the Eagles in the NovaCare Complex auditorium and expressed remorse for his comments.
August 2, 2013 |
It is going to get worse, probably much worse, for Riley Cooper and the Eagles before it gets any better. The team guaranteed that with its tepid discipline of Cooper for using the most vile of racial epithets in a video that went viral Wednesday afternoon. After meeting with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman, and head coach Chip Kelly - three white men - Cooper got off with a fine. A suspension would have been more appropriate. Releasing Cooper from the team would have been within reason.
February 27, 2014 |
ONE month. That's all it took for WIP-FM (94.1) nighttime host Josh Innes to receive his first death threat. It happened via Twitter on Feb. 4, about four weeks after he took over the 6-to-10 weeknight shift. Innes, who came here from Houston, had been defending Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. Cooper began the 2013 season in controversy after a video surfaced that caught him using the N-word at a Lincoln Financial Field concert. "Somebody said something to me on Twitter, and I [used the phrase]
June 1, 2012 |
The top of the Eagles' wide receiver lineup is set and on solid footing after a summer of turmoil a year ago. DeSean Jackson is signed, participating in early practices, and seems more at ease than he has been in some time, particularly after a training camp holdout last year. Jeremy Maclin, after battling a mysterious illness in 2011, losing weight, and missing most of the offseason preparation, is healthy, has added seven pounds of muscle and bulked up to 205, and says he has not lost any speed or quickness.
July 25, 2014 |
1 Releasing DeSean Jackson: You can dispute my ranking of this as the most important move, certainly. If the offense still works smoothly - I think it probably will - and if the Redskins don't win the NFC East - I think they probably won't - then this isn't the most important move of the offseason, from an on-field perspective. But in terms of headlines generated, and in defining what Chip Kelly expects, it certainly was. The Jackson release highlighted an offseason emphasis on players who put football and the team first.
June 18, 2014 |
EAGLES LINEBACKER Connor Barwin bikes from his Rittenhouse Square apartment to work most days. Riding through Point Breeze in March, he passed a dilapidated basketball court and decided it needed a facelift. He wasn't the first to think so. In fact, Barwin was late to the party. Efforts to revitalize Ralph Brooks Park, at 20th and Tasker streets, had been underway for nearly a year. With support from local nonprofit Urban Roots, the ACE Mentor Program and the Philadelphia Water Department, the goal was to transform the aging park into a local hoops hub on par with New York City's legendary Rucker Park.