It's been quite the offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers. However, not in a good way.
First, Jeremy Maclin suffered a crushing injury blow. Maclin, the Eagles leading receiver in 2012 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, suffered a torn ACL during the second day of training camp.
It was a devastating blow for Maclin, who was about to enter the final year of his rookie contract and was expected to flourish in new coach Chip Kelly's offensive system.
However, the nightmare was only beginning for the Eagles.
On Wednesday afternoon, a video surfaced online of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that took place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia over the summer.
Despite later apologizing for the slur, Cooper has faced plenty of backlash around the league and from his own team after the video surfaced. In addition to having to pay an undisclosed fine to the Eagles organization, Cooper has also faced the possibility of losing respect from his teammates.
I forgive him. We've been friends for a long time. But in a situation like this, you really find out about someone. Just on a friendship level, I can't really respect someone like that.
Now, Cooper has faced even more embarrassment from the Eagles. On Friday, the Eagles announced that Cooper will be excused from the team while he seeks counseling for his inappropriate behavior, according to the team's official website:
As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities. This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates.
This may just be the beginning of Riley Cooper's downfall with the Eagles, and possibly maybe even the National Football League.
While that will be sorted out in time, it's necessary that the Eagles focus on their on-the-field issues now, especially at the wide receiver position.
While Maclin's, who's out for the season, and Cooper's, who's out indefinitely, absences will be crushing blows for the Eagles offense, all hope is not lost in Philadelphia.
Read on to find out three reasons why.