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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 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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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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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 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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October 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper agreed with many who watched the Eagles-49ers game and the Nick Foles pass that sailed his way with just under three minutes left, which would have given his team a one-point lead. He should have caught it. "There's no excuse. I dropped the ball," Cooper said Thursday. "I went up to body it. . . . [49ers cornerback Chris Culliver] was kind of holding my left side and spinning around, so I really couldn't body it. That was my intention, but I just missed it. "But it was a perfect throw, right on the money from Nick.
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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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June 18, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
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.
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October 31, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
All week, the questions about how the Eagles are going to handle J.J. Watt this Sunday were numerous and persistent. Center Jason Kelce, preparing to play for the first time since undergoing Week 4 abdominal surgery, said all the usual things about how smart and fierce Watt is, how hard it is to prepare for an opponent who moves around the line so much. Finally, though, after question number eleventy-billion about Watt, Kelce said this: "We don't care who we're playing, we're playing our offense.
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October 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PAT SHURMUR cut right to the heart of the Nick Foles matter yesterday, the problem and the promise. "What I'm finding with Nick is that when he sets his feet and steps into his throws, he's awesome," the Eagles' offensive coordinator said during his weekly news conference. "What we're also finding is there are times when he gets flushed, or he flushes himself, and he doesn't have his feet underneath him, and he's not as good as he could be if they were. " Shurmur went on to qualify that the same can be said for all quarterbacks, but let's be real: It can be said a lot less for Peyton Manning this season than for Foles.
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October 29, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Nick Foles is building a database. A database of mistakes that he hopes to learn from, grow from, and not repeat. Seven games into a season that still could be special or still could be heartbreaking, that database is starting to swell. Foles threw two more interceptions yesterday and had a late-comeback drive come up 16 yards short in a 24-20 loss to the Cardinals. He set a franchise record for completions (36) and recorded the third 400-yard passing game of his career.
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October 12, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Josh Huff was drafted, the rookie wide receiver looked at the Eagles roster and knew it was going to be difficult to crack the starting lineup. The team had released DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant, but it had also re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper and drafted Jordan Matthews a round earlier. Maclin and Cooper would start on the outside and Matthews would be given every opportunity to replace Avant in the slot. But where did that leave Huff, whose Oregon pedigree was almost as prominent as Matthews' was at Vanderbilt?
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October 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper agreed with many who watched the Eagles-49ers game and the Nick Foles pass that sailed his way with just under three minutes left, which would have given his team a one-point lead. He should have caught it. "There's no excuse. I dropped the ball," Cooper said Thursday. "I went up to body it. . . . [49ers cornerback Chris Culliver] was kind of holding my left side and spinning around, so I really couldn't body it. That was my intention, but I just missed it. "But it was a perfect throw, right on the money from Nick.
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October 3, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE EAGLES are going to have a lot of interesting decisions to make after the season. At the moment, whether to make their quarterback a multimillionaire doesn't look like it's going to be one of them. At the moment. Unless Nick Foles' play improves dramatically in the coming weeks, the Eagles aren't going to be in a rush to tear up the final year of his rookie deal and give him a Kaepernick-like contract. Foles, who will make $615,000 this season, is scheduled to earn just $660,000 in 2015.
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October 1, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
YES, THE Eagles could have won Sunday had they converted either third-and-goal or fourth-and-goal from just inside the 49ers' 2, right after the 2-minute warning. No, they did not deserve to win, in any way, shape or fashion. I wouldn't have minded seeing them try to run it once, maybe on third down. It is hard to envision David Molk, Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly winning their matchups to the tune of a 2-yard push against a goal-line defense, though. Easier to envision tacklers knifing through them and a 4-yard LeSean McCoy loss, which happened a little earlier.
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October 1, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
BELIEVE IT or not, Charlie Sheen came through. The actor had pledged $1,000 to PYT server Rob Knelly after he was infamously stiffed by Eagle LeSean McCoy with a 20-cent tip. Sheen pledged $1,000 on Twitter to Knelly. And he actually sent it. Ten $100 bills and a signed photo were FedExed to the restaurant in care of Knelly. To quote Mr. McCoy: "I'm happy [Sheen] is finally doing something positive. " So what did Knelly do with the dough? He donated $100 to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and used the rest to pay off some bills.
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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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