A scuffle broke out at Philadelphia Eagles practice Thursday as the team prepares for its Monday night season opener against the Washington Redskins.
The skirmish involving Riley Cooper and Cary Williams, who were in one-on-one drills, ended when several players stepped in and separated the combatants. When the jawing continued, Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson stepped up. Afterward, Williams, the cornerback who played for the Baltimore Ravens last season, moved to a nearby field and walked up and down by himself, Philly.com’s Jeff McLane reported.
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Cooper, McLane wrote, “looked visibly distraught and stayed out of one-on-one drills that involved receivers and defensive backs until DeSean Jackson came over to him.” Jackson later spoke with Williams, too.
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In July, Cooper took a brief leave of absence from the Eagles to undergo sensitivity counseling after video of him hurling a racial slur surfaced on the web. Williams, who was not penalized for shoving a referee during the Super Bowl and tussled with a New England Patriots wide receiver during their joint scrimmages with the Eagles this summer, said he had problems with Cooper’s slur but spoke with him before he returned to the team.
Media waiting for Cary Williams, who already told me that he isn’t talking. pic.twitter.com/z0JUSDrlag
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 5, 2013
Cooper, after practice, said the racial incident had nothing to do with today’s scuffle, that he and Williams just got tangled up. Williams was not speaking to the media, telling McLane at his locker: “Don’t even come by here. I’m not talking at all.”