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September 22, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper took a razor to the tape around both his ankles and proceeded to slice off the bandages. A gaggle of print reporters approached his locker, and the wide receiver dropped the cutter that hangs from every stall in the Eagles locker room. "This ought to be interesting," Cooper said last week. "What?" He stood up and turned as television cameras joined the semicircle. "I know where this is going," Cooper said, "but go ahead, I'm listening. " He's been down this path before.
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July 30, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 8, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 8, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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August 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 2, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 2, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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June 1, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 27, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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]
SPORTS
September 6, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Wondering whether to start Drew Brees and A.J. Green, or to bench Geno Smith and Jason Avant? If you're looking for help with your starting-lineup conundrums, read on. Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 1 of the 2014 season.   Watch 'em roll Jay Cutler, QB, Bears vs. Bills. With an explosive array of weapons at his disposal, and a porous secondary in his sights, Cutler should get his season off to a rousing start. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers at Cowboys.
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September 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
REPORTERS, mashed into a dense throng sprouting microphones and lenses, jostled for space around Cary Williams' locker cubicle after practice yesterday, as they have done before, and as they almost certainly will do again. The 29-year-old Eagles cornerback who apologized to Patriots coach Bill Belichick last month for waving the Spygate banner as the Birds were about to visit New England stood in front of a much larger audience yesterday morning for a similar act of contrition. "I spoke to the team today.
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September 22, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper took a razor to the tape around both his ankles and proceeded to slice off the bandages. A gaggle of print reporters approached his locker, and the wide receiver dropped the cutter that hangs from every stall in the Eagles locker room. "This ought to be interesting," Cooper said last week. "What?" He stood up and turned as television cameras joined the semicircle. "I know where this is going," Cooper said, "but go ahead, I'm listening. " He's been down this path before.
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September 22, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ANYONE WHO has witnessed a hockey fight and asked about it afterward knows what an exercise in futility such an effort is. It's embarrassing, the antagonists will tell you afterward, whether they are recurring combatants or occasional ones. Not the fight itself. They might even be proud of that work. But the words that come out of their mouths before, during and after it? That's the cringeworthy part. "It is," Cary Williams said the other day after practice. "It really is. You try jaw-jabbing at 'em. It's just a part of the game.
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September 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
RILEY COOPER agrees with you. He should have caught that touchdown pass down the left sideline early in Monday night's win over the Colts. Cooper, closely covered, tried to leap for the ball, though it was headed for his hands, and he juggled and dropped it. "Yes. For sure. The ball was placed perfectly, right where it needed to be," Cooper said yesterday, as the Eagles prepared for a visit from a certain former Eagles receiver and his Washington teammates. "I don't know why I went up and tried to catch it like I did. I don't know what the hell I was thinking, but, yeah, you need to catch that 10 out of 10 times.
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September 18, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
IF I MIGHT briefly wrest your attention away from the elevation of Darren Sproles to Taney Dragons status (call him Mo'ne Sproles?), the Eagles have issues, as they face the short turnaround to Sunday's matchup with DeSean Jackson and the Redskins. Bringing DeSean back to the Linc - assuming the AC sprain he suffered Sunday really isn't a big deal - will bring sharp focus to what's going on with Nick Foles and his starting wide receivers. Short answer: not enough. You might recall that Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper were targeted 17 times against Jacksonville, and caught eight balls between them.
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September 17, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - The prettiest pass that Nick Foles threw Monday night traveled in a perfect arc from his right hand to the left corner of the end zone, and although Riley Cooper had Colts defensive back Vontae Davis at his hip, the football still descended into Cooper's hands as if a parachute were attached to it. Here was a go-ahead touchdown falling out of the sky and right into Cooper's hands, if he could just do the thing that the Eagles are...
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September 13, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean who? It may take several more games to declare the offense fine without Jackson - particularly when it faces more man-to-man defense - but if the first game was any indication of how the outside receivers will fare this season, the Eagles should be fine. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper combined for just eight catches for 126 yards and a touchdown in the opener, but they were constantly open - Maclin, in particular - against the Jaguars' Cover 3-heavy zones. "We've always had confidence in our receivers here in terms of getting open," coach Chip Kelly said. "I think we faced a little bit more zone, so obviously guys are going to run a little bit cleaner through zones than they are going to run through man coverage.
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September 10, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
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September 6, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Wondering whether to start Drew Brees and A.J. Green, or to bench Geno Smith and Jason Avant? If you're looking for help with your starting-lineup conundrums, read on. Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 1 of the 2014 season.   Watch 'em roll Jay Cutler, QB, Bears vs. Bills. With an explosive array of weapons at his disposal, and a porous secondary in his sights, Cutler should get his season off to a rousing start. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers at Cowboys.
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September 5, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME Jeremy Maclin played in a game that counted was on Dec. 30, 2012 at the Giants. The Eagles lost, 42-7, with Maclin scoring their only touchdown. Afterward, Andy Reid, even more ruddy-faced than usual from a bitter wind, held what everyone understood was going to be his final Eagles postgame news conference. Maclin found himself answering questions that day about whether his teammates had quit, in losing 11 of their final 12 games. "I don't want to say so. Then again, I'm not them, so I don't know," Maclin said in the visitors' locker room.
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