Eagles receiver Cooper scuffles with teammate at practice

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The first punch thrown at Riley Cooper since it became known he made a racial remark didn’t come from an opponent, but a teammate.

Cooper, who left the Philadelphia Eagles for three days in training camp after a video of him using the N-word surfaced on the Internet, found himself in a scuffle with defensive back Cary Williams at practice Thursday. Cooper, a wide receiver, said afterward it had nothing to do with his comment at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. And Williams declined to speak to reporters.

Williams was covering Cooper, broke up a pass from quarterback Michael Vick and both players went down. Cooper stood up and shoved Williams first. Williams responded with a couple punches and had to be forcibly restrained by teammates, including Vick.

Harbaugh extended

The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms on a new contract for coach John Harbaugh, replacing the two remaining years on his old deal and adding two additional seasons, through 2016. Harbaugh will make nearly $7 million a season for the next four years, according to profootballtalk.com.

Read-option risk

The rulebook is specific regarding a quarterback in the pocket. He can’t be hit after the ball is out of his hand, and he can’t be hit in the head.

But when he’s carrying out a run fake, as has become popular in the read-option scheme, the league says those protections are out the window.

“The key is the posture of the quarterback,” Dean Blandino, the league’s vice president of officiating, told the Los Angeles Times. “You can’t take a free shot at him. But what we’re seeing in some instances is the quarterback hands off and then carries out the fake like he has the ball, and he’s presenting a running posture.

“In that instance, he’s trying to deceive the defense, trying to draw the defense to him, and he doesn’t have special protection in that situation. He can be hit until enough time has passed where he’s clearly out of the play.”


• Redskins: The Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York said it will launch a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to shed a name often criticized as offensive. The first ad will run in Washington before Monday’s season opener.

• Chargers: Rookie linebacker Manti Te’o, who has missed nearly a month of practice with a sprained foot, is unlikely to play in Week 1, according to NFLNetwork. ... Defensive lineman Brandon Moore, a former Texas Longhorn, was cut.

• Jurisprudence: Defensive end Ronnell Lewis, a 2012 fourth-round pick from Oklahoma cut last month by the Lions, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Henryetta, Okla.

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