Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Ed Kracz of Calkins Media reported on Riley Cooper's recovery:
#Eagles OC Shurmur said nothing serious with Shady. Should practice. As for Cooper's 1st practice Sunday: "He looked like he had fresh legs— Ed Kracz (@kracze) August 18, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
The Eagles provide a synopsis of head coach Chip Kelly discussing Riley Cooper's status for practice:
Kelly: Cooper will do everything today, Maclin should be full tomorrow ... Polk not back yet, Tucker and Fluellen will be back today.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) August 17, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reveals Riley Cooper will not play in the Eagles' pre-season game against the Patriots:
PHI Inactive players vs. NE: J. Maclin, R. Cooper, N. Carroll, C. Polk, M. Tucker, Jaylen Watkins, D. Fluellen, J. Knott, J. Vandervelde.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 15, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Riley Cooper spoke about his health and status for the Eagles' next preseason game (via Nick Fierro of the Allentown Morning Call):
Riley Cooper: "I'm gonna practice on Sunday and we'll see how it goes. I wanna play next week."— Nick Fierro (@NickFierro) August 14, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com reported on Riley Cooper's recovery:
Riley Cooper (foot) has returned to practice in a limited capacity but continues to sit out during team drills, so Nick Foles was working with a makeshift receiving corps once again that was comprised of Ifeanyi Momah, Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith. It's no coincidence that Foles hasn't looked quite himself of late. Open targets have been a little tough to come by.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly provides an update on Riley Cooper's status:
Riley Cooper (foot) is practicing for the first time in more than a week.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) August 10, 2014
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer passes along more details:
Riley Cooper is here and did some individual work, but hasn't done team work and is now without a helmet. #Eagles— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 10, 2014
Expectations are high for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper after a breakout campaign in 2013, but his progress is currently being slowed by a nagging ankle injury.
According to Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com, Cooper's right foot remains in a walking boot, and he has been out of action at Eagles camp for over a week.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reveals Cooper is unlikely to play in the Eagles' preseason opener:
Kelly says he doesn't think Cooper will play. Wasn't sure about Maclin either. Carroll likely won't play #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 6, 2014
Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer also reported on Cooper's injured ankle:
Riley Cooper is out of his walking boot. Not gonna play Friday, but just saw him do some running. #EaglesCamp— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 6, 2014
This is a somewhat surprising development considering that there didn't initially seem to be much concern from any of the parties involved. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com reported Sunday that Cooper was expected to return to action at some point this week:
My bad from an earlier tweet, Chip said Riley Cooper will NOT practice today. He's still in a boot, but could be back this week.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) August 3, 2014
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly suggested Aug. 1 that Cooper's injury was minor and nothing to be concerned about, per CSNPhilly.com's John Gonzalez.
"He's got a foot injury," Kelly said. "It's just a preventative thing. He should be back in a couple of days."
Gonzalez even reported that the expectation was for Cooper to return in time for the Eagles' preseason opener against the Chicago Bears Friday:
Riley Cooper says he's out w/ ankle injury for another 2-3 days. Getting inflammation down. Plans to return for Chicago game. #Eaglestalk— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) July 30, 2014
As things currently stand, however, that may no longer be realistic. Rotoworld.com is now calling Cooper "highly doubtful" for that tilt in Chicago.
Cooper potentially missing a game may not be ideal, but it isn't particularly significant in the grand scheme of things. As long as Cooper's injury doesn't have any regular-season implications, the Eagles aren't likely to sweat it too much.
Should the Eagles be concerned about Cooper's injury?
An ankle problem is obviously never a good thing when it comes to wide receivers, especially when it comes to cutting in and out of routes. Luckily for Cooper and the Eagles, though, he still has a solid month of recovery time at his disposal.
Even if it takes a week or two longer to heal than originally expected, Cooper will still have plenty of opportunities to get prepared for the start of the regular season.
The third preseason game is widely known as a dress rehearsal, so the main focus should be getting Cooper healthy for that contest. As long as he doesn't try to push himself too quickly, there is no reason to believe returning for that game at the very least is unrealistic.
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