NFL notes: Riley Cooper returns to Eagles after excused absence
Philadelphia • Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday after a four-day excused absence to undergo sensitivity training after he was caught on film yelling a racial slur before a Kenny Chesney concert.
Cooper, in his fourth year out of the University of Florida, seemed remorseful during an eight-minute news conference with the media after the Eagles and New England Patriots began what will be a three-day practice routine before Friday night's preseason opener.
"It's great to be back doing what I love to do, play football," Cooper said. "I realize being in the NFL you have responsibility to behave on and off the field. I realize that."
Video of Cooper's racial slur surfaced Wednesday. He was immediately fined an undisclosed amount by the team, but was not suspended. Ironically, two days earlier he was promoted to the starting lineup after Jeremy Maclin suffered a season-ending injury.
In other team news, receiver Arrelious Benn suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the season.
Benn, serving as a blocker on a kickoff drill during Tuesday's practice session with the New England Patriots, is the third Philadelphia veteran to suffer a year-ending knee injury in coach Chip Kelly's first season.
Around the league
Falcons • Atlanta right tackle Mike Johnson was carted off the practice field and onto an ambulance with an apparent left leg injury. Johnson, listed first on the depth chart at his position, was injured on a running play Tuesday.
Jets • Mark Sanchez got the nod from coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday to be under center in their preseason opener Friday night at Detroit.
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