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Wide receiver Riley Cooper said it was great to be back at practice Tuesday, four days after the Philadelphia Eagles excused him from training camp after being seen on a video using a racial slur.

"To be honest, it felt good," Cooper said. "It felt great. I love being out there on the field playing football. That's what I do and that's what I love. So it felt good to be out there with the guys, catching, running and making some plays."

Cooper was fined by the Eagles and sent to get outside counseling last week after using the slur at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Footage of the incident surfaced last week. He apologized for the remark.

ESPN reported that the team plans to use Cooper in its exhibition opener Friday against the New England Patriots.

---Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson had knee surgery and is out for the remainder of training camp, coach Mike McCarthy announced Tuesday.

Also, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that wide receiver Randall Cobb left practice Tuesday after sustaining a bicep injury.

According to NFL.com, Nelson's injury is a nerve issue he has dealt with off and on since he played collegiately at Kansas State. The Packers are hopeful he can return in time for the season opener Sept. 8 at the San Francisco 49ers.

---Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones signed a four-year, $29.3 million contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Jones is guaranteed $15 million as part of the deal. He also received a $5 million signing bonus.

Jones has started 30 games, including all 16 last year, since he was drafted by the Dolphins in 2010 out of Georgia. He led the team with four interceptions last year.

---Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback in the New York Jets' exhibition opener Friday at the Detroit Lions, coach Rex Ryan announced Tuesday.

Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith were listed on the team's latest depth chart as co-starters.

"Mark will start the game," Ryan said. "But we'll play Geno with the ones as well. And we'll keep that rotation going so they'll both get reps with the ones. Haven't really decided yet what the play time with the ones will be or snaps and all that."

---Jets running back Joe McKnight was arrested last week for outstanding warrants from traffic violations, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

McKnight was pulled over after passing by a police car at a high speed and failing to signal while changing lanes. The officer discovered two outstanding warrants after running his license plate. One was for failing to pay a $200 fine from not having proof of insurance and the other for failing to pay $120 fine for a traffic violation.

McKnight was jailed and then released after he posted $320 bail.

---The New York Giants removed cornerback Terrell Thomas and offensive lineman Chris Snee from the physically-unable-to-perform list Tuesday.

Both had knee injuries.

The Giants still have three players on the PUP list in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee).

---Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is day to day with a left knee sprain.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday that an MRI revealed no significant ligament damage. Heyward-Bey has not practiced since injuring knee during practice on Sunday. He wore a brace Monday and was walking gingerly without crutches.

Also, the team signed fullback Robert Hughes, who played five games with the Colts last season.

---The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that signed punter Colton Schmidt to a three-year deal and waived wide receiver Charly Martin.

Schmidt signed with the 49ers on July 15 as an undrafted rookie free agent and was released last Friday. He averaged a school-record 41.1 gross punting average for the Aggies.

Martin was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks on July 11.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran offensive lineman Pat McQuistan, the team announced Tuesday.

McQuistan has played 72 games and started 11 in seven NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.
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