Four days apparently was enough for the Eagles to decide they need Cooper

AP

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.

23 responses to “Four days apparently was enough for the Eagles to decide they need Cooper

  1. Can we get the producers from “Rudy” to make “Riley”? The script is being built and edited on a weekly basis. I hope there’s enough story for a trilogy or two.

  2. It wasn’t that long ago that Stephen A Smith who I heard expressed outrage over Cooper’s being allowed back so soon called another man the N word on live tv in a segment where he was addressing the man directly. Where was the outrage? I don’t care that they are the same race, the word shouldn’t be used by anyone and all repercussions should be the same.

  3. “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.”

    Or maybe they decided to quit pandering to all the people that want his career ended over a word said once in a heated situation whole intoxicated…meanwhile, teams continue to employ people after DUI’s, and a team in baltimore will build a statue of a guy convicted of obstructing justice.

    What he did wasnt right by any means, but enough is enough.

  4. Lets look past the whole racial slur thing here for a second:

    Are the Eagles really so bad off that they couldn’t live without a scrub number 4 receiver back at practice in a flash? If the situation is that dire why not bring in T.O., Randy Moss, Ochocinco, Brandon Lloyd, or any other number of veteran free agents to compete?

    It’s basically the same level of desperation either way.

  5. Seems to me that only a racist wouldn’t be able to forgive this guy for just saying something stupid. Lets move on please and if it happened a second time THEN crucify him, but not before.

  6. He said it so what let move on. We all say dumb things when we r upset. If he is a bigot that his business. I’m sure we all work with at least one of them.

  7. Maybe when the counseling consists of the following:

    Counselor: Why did you say that?

    Cooper: Because I was drunk and angry at that african american security guard and was trying to think of the most offensive thing I could to say to him and that’s what I came up with.

    Counselor: Think you’ll ever say it again?

    Cooper: After the last two weeks? No way!

    Counselor: OK, you’re cured.

    …..they figure 4 days is enough.

  8. Living in the instant Media age really sucks!
    You guys just beat everything to death and dictate what happens in every sports figures life.
    Enough already!
    Let the players sort it out on the field.
    Surely the media knows that their will be payback by every hit he takes during any game thanks to them.
    Even if he is a bigot he doesn`t deserve the punishment he will endure thanks to the media putting a bullseye on his back.

  9. If NFL teams weren’t such pandering PC middle of the road companies, this guy would have been kicked to the curb. He’s a cancer in the locker room and will seriously distract his teammates.

    Regardless of whether this guy is friendly with black teammates, he is obviously a racist and now that the cat is out of the bag, things will probably go downhill.

    Real talk – If it weren’t for white people crying about how unfairly he was being treated, he’d be long gone.

    Eventually, he’ll be cut. The Eagles had a chance to get in front of it and dropped the ball.

  10. and a team in baltimore will build a statue of a guy convicted of obstructing justice.

    And 5 years from now you’ll be whining about how the NFL put a guy in the Hall of Fame convicted of obstructing justice.

  11. If NFL teams weren’t such pandering PC middle of the road companies, this guy would have been kicked to the curb. He’s a cancer in the locker room and will seriously distract his teammates.

    Regardless of whether this guy is friendly with black teammates, he is obviously a racist and now that the cat is out of the bag, things will probably go downhill.

    Real talk – If it weren’t for white people crying about how unfairly he was being treated, he’d be long gone.

    Eventually, he’ll be cut. The Eagles had a chance to get in front of it and dropped the ball.
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    Umm… That hurt to read. I really hope someone put you up to posting that or you lost a bet.

  12. Cooper better be ready cause he has to play against 16 defenses with Brothers in the back field this season and HE WILL NOT MAKE IT!
    they GONE TAKE HIS A%$ OUT. if his own defense dont get him first

  13. He didn’t go to counseling. He spent the weekend with his family in Florida. Kelly even told the team that he’d be back in a few days. Weekend counseling. I don’t think so. All a front to make it look like the Eagles care.

  14. Seems to me that only a racist wouldn’t be able to forgive this guy for just saying something stupid. Lets move on please and if it happened a second time THEN crucify him, but not before.

    Its happened a million times since White people started using the word over 400 years ago. How many times must Blacks “move on” before Whites straighten up, stop being racist, and stop using the word?

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