It has mostly been positive vibes coming out of Philadelphia Eagles camp under Chip Kelly, save for that one unfortunate incident of Riley Cooper uttering a racial slur and threatening to divide the locker room.
Not much has happened in the aftermath of that incident — until now. Cooper and teammate Cary Williams, a cornerback who is new to the club this season, reportedly got into a fight at Eagles practice today, according to dozens of media observers.
Riley Cooper, Cary Williams fight in practice.
— Phil Sheridan (@SheridanScribe) September 5, 2013
And then Michael Vick stepped in.
Williams throws down helmet, goes after Cooper. Vick has to calm him down. — Phil Sheridan (@SheridanScribe) September 5, 2013
Cooper's story was told ad nauseum earlier in camp, and he has done his best to stay quiet and be a good teammate since as he tries to repair his image. But in fairness, we must mention that Williams hardly has been a choir boy, either. He got away with bumping a ref in the Super Bowl in February as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and he also has irritated the Eagles with his excuses for missing OTAs this offseason.
Williams also was one of the Eagles players who initially said he had a problem with what Cooper said but that he would try to work things out with him. Perhaps that plan hasn't gone off without a hitch. But Cooper told the media after practice that the incident was not race-related.
Cooper said the incident had nothing to do with his offseason issue, said Williams never mentioned that. Says nobody on other teams have.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) September 5, 2013
Williams, for his part, wasn't talking about it.
Cary Williams in locker room: "Don't even come by here. I'm not talking at all. At all."
— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) September 5, 2013
We'll wait to sort out the details with this one as more information comes to the surface, but this is not the kind of incident Kelly or the Eagles' brass wants cropping up four days before the team's primetime matchup with the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.