Monday, May 28, 2018
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Eagles' Cooper 'needs to reflect'

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video using a racial slur.

"In meeting with Riley (Wednesday), we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions," the team said in a statement Thursday. "He needs to reflect."

Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the slur at a Kenny Chesney concert in June surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles fined him, and the league plans no further discipline.

Cooper went to work Thursday after the "toughest night" he has ever had, he said. He did not eat or sleep and was underweight when he arrived at the facility. "I was kind of just going about my business today," he said. "It's an extremely tough day for me and a lot of other people as well."

"I know Riley made a heinous mistake," coach Chip Kelly said. "I was appalled by it. I was actually shocked by it because since I've been here since April, that's not the Riley Cooper I know."

Cooper, who starred at Clearwater Central Catholic and the University of Florida, was a fifth-round pick by the Eagles in the 2010 draft. He has just 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years but has been practicing with the starters since Jeremy Maclin's season-ending injury last week.

Teammates Michael Vick, Jason Avant and others expressed forgiveness for Cooper. LeSean McCoy also said he forgives Cooper, but he doesn't view him the same anymore.

"Just on a friendship level, and as a person, I can't really respect somebody like that," McCoy said. "I think as a team, we need to move past it. There are some things that are going to be hard to work with, to be honest."

Niners LB Willis out with hand injury

Injuries are suddenly piling up fast for the 49ers.

All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis was wearing a cast around the base of his right hand and wrist and was among more than a dozen players not participating in practice. Barely 45 minutes into the workout, trainers carted cornerback Chris Culliver off the field with an apparent left knee injury.

"There've been some nicks. You try to dodge bullets. Sometimes you don't dodge them all," coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Willis injured his hand for the third time in his career Wednesday. He stood on the sideline the rest of practice along with fellow All-Pro middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who has a strained hip.

Harbaugh wouldn't confirm reports that Willis' hand was broken but said he will be back before the season opener against Green Bay on Sept. 8.

Culliver's injury appeared more serious. He was covering a punt and getting blocked by rookie Marcus Cooper when he went down, holding his left knee and burying his head in his hands.

Colts: Former USF guard Danous Estenor signed. He went undrafted after starting 11 games for the Bulls last season.

Dolphins: Receiver Brian Hart­line returned to practice on a limited basis. The team does not disclose injuries, but he wore a compression sleeve around his left calf. Receiver Mike Wallace also sat for what he said was a groin injury.

Panthers: Geoff Hangartner, a starting guard for the past two seasons, was released.

Seahawks: The team said receiver Percy Harvin's hip surgery went "very well." The former Gator will be placed on the physically unable to perform list, meaning he could return this season.

Vikings: The league suspended tackle DeMarcus Love four games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances. He tested positive in February and lost his appeal.

Obituary: Former Browns and Giants tight end Bobby Crespino died Monday. He was 75.

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