Embattled Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been excused from all his team obligations, but coach Chip Kelly said the team wasn’t considering cutting him.
According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, Kelly said Cooper’s leave of absence wasn’t about getting him off the roster.
“There has never been any question of cutting Riley,” Kelly said. “His status with us is not in question.”
Kelly also said there was a team meeting without Cooper today, and no player has told him that they wouldn’t play with Cooper.
Using his absence as a test drive for a future parting makes sense, but the Eagles are treading carefully on this one, since there’s a case to be made that they need him on the field.