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Redskins players say they won’t be mindful of Riley Cooper’s racial slur when they face Eagles

Redskins players say Riley Cooper’s comments won’t matter when the teams play. (Michael Perez/Associated Press)

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.”

Related: Stallworth on Cooper: “Who cares what we think?”

● Cooper will get ‘outside assistance,’ Eagles say

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What’s ahead:

● 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.

More from The Post:

Barry Cofield aims to be the best nose tackle in the NFL

Perry Riley says he could handle increased responsibility

Mike Jones’s observations from Wednesday’s practices | Previous days’ observations

D.C. Sports Bog: The training camp barber | More Bog & Redskins

The Early Lead: Riley Cooper apologizes for slur, Vick forgives him

Redskins video and training camp photo gallery

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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