WR Riley Cooper fractures collarbone; DE Jason Babin strains calf
Cooper, the team’s fourth receiver who earned praise from position coach David Culley earlier in the week, fractured it on a deep sideline throw from Michael Vick and defended by Curtis Marsh. Broken collarbone injuries typically take one to two months to recover from, depending upon the break. Cooper still has to undergo an x-ray. The Eagles open the season on Sept. 9 at Cleveland, a little over six weeks from now.
Cooper’s absence could allow receivers like rookie Marvin McNutt or Damaris Johnson to make an imprint with coaches. If they go in another direction, they could look at free agent Plaxico Burress. Even with Cooper being out, wide receiver position isn’t a big need with the big three of Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. But at 6-foot-5, Burress would bring size and make things a lot easier for QB Michael Vick in the red zone, an area in which the Eagles have had their struggles.
Meanwhile, defensive end Jason Babin, coming off his 18-sack season strained a calf muscle. He’ll have an MRI on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury but the team has said that the injury was not related to his Achilles tendon.
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