Four days ago, the Eagles gave receiver Riley Cooper a leave of absence, so that he could obtain counseling regarding the use of a word that he should have known not to use, and that he definitely knew as of last Wednesday he shouldn’t ever use again.
So why was Cooper back only four days later? Now that the team’s practice for the day has ended, quotes will emerge from Cooper, coach Chip Kelly, and others. Regardless of what anyone says, the truth could be (and likely is) that Kelly quickly realized that the team needs Cooper from a football standpoint.
We were told in the aftermath of Cooper’s exit that, if the Eagles decide they need him, they’ll bring him back — regardless of any lingering issues in the locker room.
Either way, Cooper has returned. Regardless of whether a problem festers in the locker room or local politicians object to the temporary absence or the fans start to question whether the team is handling the situation properly, Cooper apparently isn’t going anywhere any time soon, especially after justifying his placement at the top of the depth chart with a strong performance on Tuesday in a joint practice with the Patriots.