Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has apologized to his teammates for the racial slur he recently made at a Kenny Chesney concert, but not all of his teammates are accepting the apology with open arms.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said on Thursday that he can't 'respect a guy like' Cooper, but McCoy did say that he has forgiven him. Several other teammates haven't been so forgiving though, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"I'll tell you one thing, if it was Andy Reid, he would have gotten more than a fine," one player told the Inquirer on the condition of anonymity. Cooper was fined by the team after the incident.
"The coaches are saying we should think team first, but this is just crazy," another player said. "Was he thinking about the team when he said that?"
Cooper's exact words at the June 9 Chesney concert were, "I will jump that fence and fight every n***** here." Cooper was caught on film yelling that.
"If he's on the team, he's on the team," a third player player said. "Don't mean I have to like him."
Obviously, Cooper has his work cut out for him if he wants to win back the Eagles locker room, however, based on the feedback above, that may be impossible at this point.
Giants cornerback Aaron Ross has his fingers crossed that New York never has to deal with a similar situation.
Here's a roundup of the most interesting news and notes from Thursday, Aug. 1.
- Season-ending injuries have almost been a daily thing this year and that trend continued on Thursday with 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver. Culliver tore his left ACL during a non-contact drill and will miss the 2013 season.
- Jaguars running back Justin Forsett sprained his toe during practice and spent the rest of the day in a walking boot. "I got tackled and then landed on and my foot was already planted," Forsett told the Florida Times-Union. The 27-year-old back will have the toe evaluated on Friday.
- Mike Wallace has missed several practices this week with an injury the Dolphins wouldn't disclose, the mystery's been solved though because Wallace decided to tell someone. According to the Miami Herald, Wallace is suffering from a groin injury and would like to play in Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Cowboys.
- Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins was carted to the locker room during practice on Thursday. According to Andrew's brother Artrell -- a former Bengal -- the injury looks like a high-ankle sprain.
- Colts cornerback Greg Toler is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to the Indianapolis Star. Colts coach Chuck Pagano told the Star he doesn't think the injury is serious.
Quarterback controversy without the controversy
Nick Foles taking off and running a lot today, maybe in response to sharp practice Mike Vick had yesterday. Not a great idea, not very fast.— Jim Corbett (@ByJimCorbett) August 1, 2013
Ryan Nassib isn't going to be the starting quarterback for the Giants anytime soon, but if he keeps throwing passes like this, we'll definitely give him the title of second-best quarterback in New York. Right behind Eli Manning of course, but ahead of Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.
New York Giants (@Giants) August 1, 2013
Thursday was a slow fight day in the NFL, but a scrum did break out in Denver. Hopefully no Bronco centers were involved in the fight because Denver can't really afford to lose any more of those.
Super Bowl pick
Offensive line, which has been getting largely outplayed recently, just opened nice hole for Ryan Mathews on right side.— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) August 1, 2013
Photos of the day
Finally, if you're a Bears fan with $8,000 to spend and you have a birthday coming up, you may want to treat yourself to this: ESPN's Michele Steele found an amazing Mike Ditka oil painting that's for sale. No price is too high for something like this and $8,000 seems like a steal.
Mini-Ditka vs. regular-sized Ditka vs. oil painting Ditka vs. God: Who wins?
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