PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Chip Kelly did his best to have his team focused on football again Friday.

He downplayed the significance of Thursday's scuffle between WR Riley Cooper and CB Cary Williams, insisting that it had nothing to do with the racial slur Cooper uttered at a Kenny Chesney concert in June.

But he did have a talk with Williams, who has already been involved in three fights since training camp and the preseason began.

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"We talk all the time about playing with emotion, not letting emotion play with you," Kelly said, who added that neither player will be disciplined. "Hopefully, (Williams) understand the ramifications. It's a team game."

Williams is expected to be a starting cornerback when the Eagles open the regular season at Washington Monday night, but may not keep the job if he winds up drawing penalties and/or being ejected for being too aggressive.

He engaged in a fight with Cooper early in Thursday's workout. The two were battling for the football during a one-on-one drill when they went to the ground. They grabbed each other's facemasks while Williams appeared to throw a couple of punches before CB Brandon Boykin intervened.

Williams tore off his helmet and shouted toward Cooper as QB Michael Vick stepped in. Later, WR DeSean Jackson was spotted walking with Williams on the sideline.

Vick was visibly perturbed by the incident, which caused an unnecessary distraction while the team is finalizing its game plans for the Redskins.

"Cary's a guy who's very angry sometimes and that's just how he is," Vick told

EXTRA POINTS: As expected, Kelly officially ruled tackle Dennis Kelly (back surgery) and cornerback Brandon Hughes (broken hand) out for Monday's game.



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