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Cooper returns, says sorry for slur

PHILADELPHIA — Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles Tuesday after a four-day excused absence to undergo sensitivity training after he was caught on film yelling a racial slur before a Kenny Chesney concert.

Cooper, a former Clearwater Central Catholic and Florida star, seemed remorseful at a news conference after the Eagles and New England Patriots began what will be a three-day practice routine before Friday's preseason opener.

"I realize how many people I hurt, how many families I hurt, how many kids I hurt," he said. "It's going to be tough. I'm going to live with this every day the rest of my life.

"I told them, 'I don't want you to forgive me because that puts the burden on you,'" Cooper said. "I want it all on me. I told them that and I told them I apologize."

Video of Cooper's racial slur surfaced Wednesday. He was fined, but not suspended. Then Friday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Cooper was given time off to seek counseling. Cooper returned to his family's home in Florida during the absence, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"My concern wasn't how he practiced," Kelly said Tuesday. "It's just him with the team itself and to get the chance to make sure he got to talk to every single guy so that they understood how we felt, what he did, and understand that he's truly sorry for what he did."

After one of his two touchdown receptions against the Patriots during the scrimmage, he got a chest bump from teammate and fellow receiver Jason Avant, who is African-American.

"As far as our team, guys are definitely over it," Avant told "We've talked. We've had dialogue. We've accepted his apology."

Also, Eagles receiver Arrelious Benn, a former Buc, tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the season.

CARDINALS: Inside linebacker Daryl Washington appeared in court on assault and criminal trespass charges stemming from an incident with his former girlfriend. The case was continued to Oct. 9. He has pleaded not guilty.

COLTS: Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced after missing two days with a sprained left knee.

DOLPHINS: Safety Reshad Jones' new four-year contract, signed Monday, is worth $29.3 million with $15 million guaranteed.

FALCONS: Right tackle Mike Johnson broke his left ankle and fibula and will have surgery next week, the team announced on Twitter.

JETS: Running back/returner Joe McKnight was arrested last week after two outstanding traffic warrants were discovered during a police stop in New Jersey.

Packers: Receiver Jordy Nelson had knee surgery and will miss the rest of training camp, ESPN reported.

Vikings: Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen injured his ankle in practice, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. The extent of the injury wasn't known.

Cooper returns, says sorry for slur 08/06/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:40pm]
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