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Just when you thought the drama had ended in Eagles camp, an incident on Thursday reminded us that things might be anything but restored on several levels.

 

First off, the Riley Cooper/Cary Williams fight at practice could have been just that. Two competitive athletes pushing each other to the limit. It happens. Words get exchanged.

 

However, if you watch the footage from Comcast SportsNet, Williams (if you can read lips) shouted something in the vein of  "I'm not a n----- you mess with" to Cooper multiple times.


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decipher that this stems from Cooper being caught on tape yelling a racal slur several weeks ago. Kudos to Michael Vick for trying to stop the fight, but afterwards, Vick not only showed his displeasure with what transpired, but he was quite vocal about the mindset of his team with their season opener on Monday.


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"Our maturity level's gotta be on a whole different plane. Regardless of who the catalyst was for the whole fight, that doesn't matter. We've gotta be men. We're not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We're teammates ... It's game week. We don't have time for that. I don't. It's a distraction," said Vick to the Philadelphia Daily News (you know, the paper of the company that tried to put us out of business earlier this year).

 

Back to Cooper. To be blunt, he’s a marked man. Cooper looked visibly disturbed after the scuffle, and if he didn’t completely understand the ramifications of his actions before, there’s a great chance an incident like this will make him realize the severity of things very quickly.

 

Williams was quite vocal in regards to Cooper’s remarks just a month ago. The only thing he has stirred up since signing with the Eagles has been controversy (albeit a different form than Cooper’s). Williams has missed a lot of practice time with the Eagles as a result of an injury, and missing most of the OTAs, Moreover, he was tossed from a practice after fighting with Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson. If Williams’ behavior doesn’t bring the team down, hopefully it gives this subpar defensive unit an attitude it sorely needs. Teammates have downplayed what happened between Williams and Cooper, but how this situation pans out remains to be seen.

 

Ah. Philadelphia Eagles football. Say whatever you want, but the team is never boring.

 

Stay tuned.

 

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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