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NFL roundup: Eagles' Cooper takes 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.

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."

---Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will not play in Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPNDallas.com. Sunday's game is the NFL exhibition opener.

Romo is among several starters not expected to play. The Cowboys' offensive line has not yet jelled because of injuries. The team most likely wants to wait for the offensive line to gain some continuity before putting Romo in a game.

--- Cowboys left guard Nate Livings will have another surgery on his right knee, ESPNDallas.com reported Friday. Livings, who had an earlier surgery in February, is expected to need two to four weeks of recovery.

---The Houston Texans expect to activate running back Arian Foster from the physically unable to perform list and have him resume practicing on Sunday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Foster sustained a calf strain during organized team activities in May and was placed on the PUP list at the start of training camp.

---Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will likely not play in the team's exhibition opener next week because of a bruised left knee.

---Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson left Friday's practice with a hamstring injury and was scheduled for tests to determine how long he might be sidelined.

Bills coach Doug Marrone was unsure of the severity of the injury.

---New York Giants rookie right tackle Justin Pugh was diagnosed with a concussion, ESPNNewYork.com reported.

Pugh was injured during Thursday's practice in which he took a hit to the head. He will be sidelined until he passes the NFL protocol for a return from a concussion.

Also, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (groin) and cornerback Corey Webster (groin) did not practice Friday.

--The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year contract extension, the team announced.

Janikowski, the Raiders' all-time leading scorer with 1,318 points, is entering his 14th season with the team. He was drafted 17th overall in 2000.

---Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen had minor surgery on his right knee. Allen is expected to be out for about two weeks. He also missed much of the first week of training camp with the knee injury.

---Baltimore Ravens defensive back Asa Jackson was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

It is Jackson's second violation. He was suspended four games late last season for violating the policy.

---The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to work out wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins by the end of the week, according to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.

Hawkins was released by the New England Patriots on Wednesday after signing with them in May. He played five seasons for the Tennessee Titans.

---The Chicago Bears announced that they signed linebacker Andrew Starks to a three-year contract and waived kicker Austin Signor.

Starks, a rookie, had 298 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 39 games over four years at Princeton.

---Former NFL defensive lineman Byron Frisch was one of four people charged with orchestrating a $50 million insurance fraud scam.

Frisch and his alleged partners are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in San Diego, the Union-Tribune newspaper reported.

---Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice returned to the team on Thursday after having nonsurgical treatment on his knee in Switzerland this week, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Rice will be evaluated by the Seahawks medical staff, and, at that point, it will be determined when he will be back at practice.
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