Apparently, Riley Cooper took a crash course in racism and has been declared cured.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that Cooper will be returning to practice Tuesday and will play in the exhibition game against the New England Patriots on Friday night. For those counting, that’s a grand total of four days since the team announced that Cooper was leaving for “an indefinite period of counseling.”
At the time, no one knew how long that period would last, but it’s hard to believe that a four-day crash course would be enough.
A cynic might suggest that first-year head coach Chip Kelly got a look at some of their other options at wide receiver and saw enough. The team released a depth chart on Monday afternoon that had Cooper, despite the four missed practices, as the no. 1 on the wide receiver depth chart, with DeSean Jackson on the other side.
Cooper said a very bad word that ignited a firestorm of controversy last week and spent the first two days of the storm apologizing to the media before taking the field for practices. Before the third day of mea culpas could start, the Eagles sent him off to be “counseled.” In June, while at a Kenny Chesney Concert, Cooper got into a verbal confrontation with an African-American security guard and directed a racial slur at the man.
The incident went viral last week and chaos broke loose at Eagles’ camp. Now, the Eagles feel things have calmed down enough to invite Cooper back.
Either that, or they are running short of wide receivers only days before their first exhibition game.