RICHMOND — Washington Redskins players said Thursday they won’t be thinking about the racial slur used by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper when the two teams play one another in the opening game of the regular season.
“That has nothing to do with the game of football,” cornerback Josh Wilson said at the Redskins’ training camp. “That’s another subject that’s an off-the-field matter. We’re going to go out there and just play football. That’s what we do on the field and let everyone else — the league, the team, him and his family — just deal with a situation that’s not great.”
Fellow Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall expressed similar sentiments.
“That’s not going to be what’s on our mind,” Hall said. “It’s not like we’re going to go out there and try to do something about that. We’re going to be excited about playing a Monday night game, playing a prime-time game. That’s what we’ll be focused on.”
The Redskins play the Eagles at FedEx Field on Sept. 9, the opening Monday night of the season.
Cooper apologized Wednesday after video surfaced online of him using a racial slur at a concert in June. Cooper was fined by the Eagles.
“We’re all human,” said Wilson, who, like Hall, is African American. “We all make mistakes and we’re not perfect. We’ve just to be able to apologize and hope everybody accepts those apologies in a situation where you do something that’s unfortunate.”
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● Thursday’s second practice is at 3:20 p.m. If you’re headed to Richmond, check our our guide to training camp for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.
● Nick Barnett’s comments as he joins the team.
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