The Eagles have largely been able to move beyond the initial surge of controversy about wide receiver Riley Cooper’s use of a racial slur which was captured on videotape.
But whether that had anything to do with today’s action or not, they better brace themselves for another wave.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cooper was involved in a practice fight with teammate Cary Williams Thursday morning after the two were matched up in one-on-one drills. Several players, including quarterback Michael Vick, had to separate the two.
Here’s what we don’t know about the fight — pretty much anything else.
Practice fights aren’t uncommon, and neither are fights involving Cary Williams.
But because of the personalities involved, there’s going to be natural curiosity about the subtext.
Williams was one of the players who admitted being disturbed by Cooper’s use of the mother of all racial epithets.
“I think there’s no place for that word in anybody’s language, in anybody’s mouth or off anybody’s tongue, whether you’re black, white, green, purple, blue,” Williams said in the immediate. “It’s still the same meaning, it’s still a harsh word.”
But until we know more about what happened on the field this morning, it’s impossible to know if the past had anything to do with the present tensions.