Cooper, who left the Eagles four days ago during the firestorm over his racial slur that was caught on video, was back at practice with his team.
The team said it was an excused absence so he could seek counseling. The Eagles are also in need of some receiving depth after Jeremy Maclin's season-ending knee injury. So Cooper is back.
The distraction for the Eagles isn't going away soon, but the team said last week that it has no plans to release him over the controversy.
“I want to make this clear; the words Riley Cooper used were totally unacceptable," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "His words may have been directed at one person but they hurt everyone. Riley has apologized to the team and community and has made a personal commitment to work hard to try and gain their trust and earn his position on the team.”
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said the team allowed Cooper to go get counseling, then come back when he was ready. Cooper said he was ready.
“It went well," Cooper said, according to the Sports Xchange. "It took a few days. It's been a tough ride. I talked to Chip last night and this morning and he asked me, 'How do you feel? Are you ready to come back?' and I said 'Absolutely, I love being out there on the field, I love being out there with my guys.'"
Kelly said he was monitoring how Cooper's first day back went.
"My concern wasn't how he practiced, it's just him with the team itself and get the chance to make sure he got to talk to every single guy so that they understand how we felt, what he did, and understand that he's truly sorry for what he did," Kelly said, according to the team's transcript. "We'll look at the film and correct all those other things, but that wasn't my concern."
Cooper said it was good to be back on the practice field, but the controversy still looms over him.
“It's going to be tough,” he said, according to Sports Xchange. “No doubt it's going to be tough. I'm going to live with this every day for the rest of my life.”
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