The first practices featuring pads for the Philadelphia Eagles took place this weekend and there were some casualties.
Riley Cooper suffered a broken left collarbone at Saturday’s practice. The wideout is expected to have a big season in 2012 but will be out for at least six weeks. Cooper will have surgery on Monday to plate his collarbone. The lost time in training camp is a disappointment, but Cooper will be back early in the season and should have most of the season to make his mark.
The Eagles season opener is six weeks away. Will Cooper be ready? The timing will be tight. When asked if Coop would be ready to re-join his teammates for the September 9 game in Cleveland against the Browns, head coach Reid said, “He’ll be close. I think he’ll be close.”
In Cooper’s absence, the Eagles have no plans to go out and get a new receiver to replace him. This means a chance for the players fighting for a roster spot to step up and make the team take notice.
As I reported from training camp...