ESPN: Riley Cooper, Cary Williams Scuffle

Source: Phil Sheridan /

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Cary Williams had to be separated by teammates — twice — after getting into a shoving match at practice Thursday morning.

Cooper made headlines early in training camp when a video surfaced of him using a racial epithet at a June concert. Williams was one of several African-American players on the Eagles who expressed concern about being able to accept the fourth-year pro as a teammate, but the matter receded beneath the surface as the Eagles got on with camp and the preseason.

Williams was covering Cooper during a non-contact drill Thursday when the two got hold of each other and began scuffling. It was impossible to hear what they were saying, if anything, over the loud music coach Chip Kelly favors during practice.

Cornerback Brandon Boykin helped separate the two. Cooper walked off, but Williams threw his helmet to the ground and pursued him. At that point, quarterback Michael Vick grabbed Williams and calmed him down.

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