Riley Cooper Injury: Updates on Eagles WR's Foot and Return

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Riley Cooper #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores on a sixty three yard pass play during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 3, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

Ed Kracz of Calkins Media reported on Riley Cooper's recovery:

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17

The Eagles provide a synopsis of head coach Chip Kelly discussing Riley Cooper's status for practice:

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:

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):

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13

Tim McManus of 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:

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer passes along more details:

Original Text

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, 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 reveals Cooper is unlikely to play in the Eagles' preseason opener:

Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer also reported on Cooper's injured ankle:

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 reported Sunday that Cooper was expected to return to action at some point this week:

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly suggested Aug. 1 that Cooper's injury was minor and nothing to be concerned about, per'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:

As things currently stand, however, that may no longer be realistic. 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.

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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