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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:42 pm

PHILADELPHIA - Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been excused from all team activities while undergoing sensitivity training and other treatment.

"As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities," the Eagles said Friday in a statement. "This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way.  He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates."

Cooper came under fire Wednesday after a video surfaced that showed him uttering a racial slur during a confrontation with a security guard while attending a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field on June 8.

He apologized to coaches, front-office personnel, teammates and fans on Wednesday and Thursday, and said in his own statement Friday that the backlash has been intense enough that he thought it best to not participate in practices and/or team meetings while he seeks treatment.

"The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me," Cooper said. "My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better.

"Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time.

"During this time I’m going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I’m going to try to make this right.

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    The Press of Atlantic City
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