Should Philadelphia Eagles Be Concerned With Cary Williams-Riley Cooper Spat?

By Matt Lombardo
John Geliebter – USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t even wearing pads during Thursday’s practice at the Novacare Complex, but that didn’t stop Cary Williams and Riley Cooper from engaging in a scuffle.

During the one-on-one period early in Thursday morning’s workout, Cooper was matched up against Williams when tempers flared. Williams and Cooper got into each other’s face and the cornerback ripped his own helmet off his head and went back after the University of Florida product after initially being restrained.

It took multiple players, including Michael Vick, to forcibly pull an enraged Williams off of Cooper. The pair did not take part in the rest of the drill.

Cooper was visibly shaken after the altercation and rather than return to the drill, stood on the side of the field isolated with his head down, while Williams appeared to be walking it off on the other sideline. DeSean Jackson appeared to play intermediary by walking over to each player and talking to them shortly afterwards.

Earlier this training camp, Williams was involved in a spat with several New England Patriots players and was forced to sit out the remainder of the teams’ joint practice. Of course he also had well-documented altercations with DeSean Jackson during a regular season game last year, as well as a Super Bowl confrontation with a referee.

Meanwhile, Cooper’s troubles have been well known since the 25-year old was caught on a video leaked earlier this summer using a racial slur during a Kenny Chesney concert back in June.

It’s rare to see fights in practice this late in the year, especially on days when the players aren’t even wearing pads. Typically, scuffles break out during the dog days of training camp, not in the final days leading up to the regular season opener.

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