Cooper, who left the Eagles four days ago during the firestorm over his racial slur that was caught on video, was back at practice with his team.
The team said it was an excused absence so he could seek counseling. The Eagles are also in need of some receiving depth after Jeremy Maclin's season-ending knee injury. So Cooper is back.
The distraction for the Eagles isn't going away soon, but the team said last week that it has no plans to release him over the controversy.
“I want to make this clear; the words Riley Cooper used were totally unacceptable," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "His words may have been directed at one person but they hurt everyone. Riley has apologized to the team and community and has made a personal commitment to work hard to try and gain their trust and earn his position on the team.”
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said the team allowed Cooper to go get counseling, then come back when he was ready. Cooper said he was ready.
“It went well," Cooper said, according to the Sports Xchange. "It took a few days. It's been a tough ride. I talked to Chip last night and this morning and he asked me, 'How do you feel? Are you ready to come back?' and I said 'Absolutely, I love being out there on the field, I love being out there with my guys.'"
Kelly said he was monitoring how Cooper's first day back went.
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