Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apparently was aware of the video in which he was shown using a racial slur before it emerged in public last week and informed the team that he received threatening messages through Twitter.
Cooper was fined by the team for his controversial comments at a Kenny Chesney concert in June that have angered teammates and the public. He took an indefinite leave of absence from training camp on Friday to seek counseling.
"Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public," the team said in a statement released Sunday. "He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening."
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Friday that the team is not considering cutting Cooper. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL would not take further action.
But Philadelphia mayor Michael A. Nutter does not think the Eagles' actions were harsh enough.
"As the Mayor of this City and an African-American man, I find the remarks made by Riley Cooper repugnant, insensitive and ignorant, and all of us, regardless of race or nationality, should be offended by these comments," Nutter said in the statement. "I recognize that the private sector is very different than the public sector in terms of rules and procedures, but I would note that in our government, if an executive branch 'at-will' employee, somewhat similar to Mr. Cooper's status with the Eagles, made such comments, I would insist on a suspension at a minimum and would seriously have to evaluate terminating such an individual from employment with the City."
---New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is getting booed even before preseason games begin.
Sanchez threw an interception and stumbled on a dropback during a controlled Green & White scrimmage during training camp on Saturday night in Cortland, N.Y., and heard it from some of the approximately 6,000 in attendance.
Sanchez completed 6 of 11 passes for 93 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown strike to Stephen Hill on the final play of the scrimmage, but threw the interception, fell for a sack while going back to pass and overshot a wide-open Clyde Gates in the end zone.
---Goodell and the National Football League can keep tinkering with the location and the format of the Pro Bowl, but Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice believes the annual all-star game will remain in trouble until the mindset of the players selected changes.
The league announced Rice and Deion Sanders will assist the top two vote-getters - who will serve as "captains" - along with two NFL.com fantasy football players in drafting the teams rather than having traditional AFC and NFC rosters. Kickoffs have also been eliminated.
"I don't know if this will help the Pro Bowl survive," Rice told USA Today, stressing the attitude of the players ultimately will decide the fate of the game.
---The Cincinnati Bengals announced wide receiver A.J. Green, who has an injured knee, will not play in the team's preseason opener on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Green's injury, called a knee bruise by coach Marvin Lewis, occurred July 25 during training camp on a pass route. The Bengals have kept him out of practices since then, but the knee issue is not considered serious.
---Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt's sore left elbow was in a brace on Sunday that he expects to wear for the second season in a row.
Watt injured the elbow during training camp last year and he donned the brace throughout the 2012 season, recording 20 1/2 sacks.
----Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey sprained his left knee during the team's practice.
There were no details on the severity of the injury and no timetable for his return.
--- Denver Broncos starting tight end Joel Dreessen will be out for the rest of training camp after having a setback on his surgically repaired left knee, the Denver Post reported Saturday.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery in late May and will now undergo a second arthroscopic procedure to clean up the knee, USA Today reported.