Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday after a four-day excused absence to undergo sensitivity training after he was caught on film yelling a racial slur before a Kenny Chesney concert.
Cooper, in his fourth year out of the University of Florida, seemed remorseful during an eight-minute press conference with the media after the Eagles and New England Patriots began what will be a three-day practice routine before Friday night's exhibition opener.
"It's great to be back doing what I love to do, play football," Cooper said. "I realize being in the NFL you have responsibility to behave on and off the field. I realize that."
"I realize how many people I hurt, how many families I hurt, how many kids I hurt. It's going to be tough. I'm going to live with this every day the rest of my life. It's one of those things you can't let affect your play on the field."
Video of Cooper's racial slur surfaced last Wednesday. He was immediately fined an undisclosed amount by the team but was not suspended.
Last Friday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly announced that Cooper was given time off to seek counseling. Kelly did not put a timetable on his return. Four days later, he was back at practice and caught two touchdown passes against the Patriots defense.
Jets: Mark Sanchez is getting the first chance to start. Locked in a tightly contested quarterback competition with rookie Geno Smith, Sanchez got the nod to be under center for the Jets in their exhibition opener Friday night at Detroit.
Chargers: Wide receiver Danario Alexander tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice and will be lost for the season. Alexander's injury could help Robert Meachem see more playing time.
Colts: Receiver and former Raider Darrius Heyward-Bey has returned to practice two days after he sprained his left knee at training camp.
Dolphins: Safety Reshad Jones signed a $29.3 million, four-year contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.