Eagles WR Cooper taking leave from team

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The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday that they excused wide receiver Riley Cooper from all team activities as he seeks counseling because of his recent actions.

However, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said the team is not considering cutting Cooper, according to CSNPhilly.com.

"There has never been any question of cutting Riley," Kelly said, according to the website. "His status with us is not in question."

Kelly said a team meeting was held Friday without Cooper present, and the coach said no Eagles player said he would refuse to play with Cooper.

Cooper is under fire for making derogatory racially insensitive comments captured on video during a Kenny Chesney concert. He was fined by the Eagles, and commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL would not take further action. Cooper apologized to the team.

"As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities," the team said in a statement. "This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates."

Cooper also released a statement Friday.

"The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me," he said. "My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better.

Right now, I think it's important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I've done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time.

During this time I'm going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I'm going to try to make this right."

Cooper, who is getting his first chance to start in the NFL after veteran Jeremy Maclin suffered a season-ending knee injury, was shown in the video shouting "I will fight every n----- here."
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