PHILADELPHIA - Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was back with the team Tuesday.

The 25-year-old returned just four days after leaving to undergo sensitivity training and counseling after uttering a racist slur that was captured on video during a Kenny Chesney concert on June 8.

"He told me last night that he was coming back today," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said after Tuesday's joint practice with the New England Patriots. "Riley wasn't suspended, so it wasn't like he had to pass certain criteria or needed verification before he could come back. We gave him time to seek outside assistance, and when he had the opportunity to go get that done, he called and said he wanted to come back. We talked and we both felt comfortable with him returning to the team.

"That being said, we know this isn't something you can just put in the backseat. We'll see what happens. We'll make sure we keep our eyes and ears open and continue to monitor the situation. This is an ongoing process. It's not something where you can just say it's over."

Cooper would not divulge what type of counseling he received, but did meet with his family.

He said again Tuesday that they were "extremely, extremely disappointed" in him upon learning of the video. It first aired on the web site last Wednesday. Cooper, accompanied by center Jason Kelce and several friends, got into an altercation with an African-American security guard and shouted the racial insult before Kelce and others pulled him away.

"My family has had a tough, tough time dealing with this and that's been pretty tough for me," Cooper said. "That's not how I was raised. I've come to realize that when you are in the NFL, you have a responsibility to behave on and off the field."

Upon arriving at the NovaCare Complex Tuesday morning, Cooper said he met with every teammate "face to face" though safety Patrick Chung said he had not spoken to Cooper since his return.

During the meetings, Cooper said he again apologized in an effort to be welcomed back in the locker room.

"I told them that 'I don't want you to forgive me,'" Cooper said. "That puts the hurt on me, which is something I have to live with every day. I just ask that people don't judge me on the past, but more on my actions in the future."


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