Michael Vick plays “peacemaker” between Riley Cooper, Cary Williams


Michael Vick plays the “peacemaker” Cary Williams yells at Riley Cooper. (Matt Rourke / AP)

After the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice ended and Riley Cooper and Cary Williams had gone to their neutral corners, Michael Vick was still disgusted by the dustup between the tight end and the cornerback Thursday.

“I try to be the peacemaker, but these young dudes don’t respect me,” Vick said (via Les Bowen of Philly.com).

“Our maturity level’s gotta be on a whole different plane. Regardless of who the catalyst was for the whole fight, that doesn’t matter. We’ve gotta be men. We’re not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We’re teammates … It’s game week. We don’t have time for that. I don’t. It’s a distraction.”

The incident occurred as Cooper, who took a brief leave of absence from the Eagles earlier this summer to undergo sensitivity counseling after video of him using a racial slur surfaced, and Williams went up against each other in a one-on-one drill. They tangled, then split up. After Williams removed his helmet, he went after Cooper and Vick and DeSean Jackson stepped in. After practice, Cooper said that he and Williams just got tangled up; Williams wasn’t talking.

Jackson, like Vick, kept focused on the Eagles’ season opener Monday against the Washington Redskins.

“I went over to talk to both of ’em to let ’em know, just to let ’em know we’ve got a game to plan for,” Jackson said.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · September 5, 2013