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Riley Cooper is escorted off practice field by Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder after suffering a broken left collarbone in a passing drill on Saturday...
Wide receiver Riley Cooper suffered a fractured left collarbone while trying to catch a pass during one-on-one drills. The Eagles had no timetable for his return, but he is expected to miss at least two months.
Cooper, who is entering his third season with the Eagles as a fifth-round draft pick in 2010, sped down the right sideline against cornerback Curtis Marsh as quarterback Michael Vick threw a deep pass. Cooper and Marsh got tangled up while going for the football and Cooper landed awkwardly on the turf. He remained on the ground for a few minutes while being tended to by the athletic training staff and eventually was taken into the locker room for X-rays that revealed the break.
Cooper caught 16 passes for 315 yards and one touchdown last season after having seven receptions for 116 yards and one TD as a rookie. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder was expected to fight for a roster spot this season as the Eagles' No. 4 receiver against rookie Marvin McNutt (6-2, 216), who was taken in the sixth round of this year's draft.
Meanwhile, Antonio Dixon is fighting back from his own injury problems.
Antonio Dixon, DT, 6-3, 338 currently, 4th year out of Miami...
Dixon is still fighting back from an injury he suffered last year... The fourth-year defensive tackle became the forgotten man of the defense last year after his season ended in the first week of October, when he tore the triceps in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Two days later he was on the injured reserve list and headed for his first surgery.
Dixon admits he didn't handle that period very well. His weight had already ballooned, the result of previous injuries and the NFL lockout.
"I had never had surgery before," Dixon said, "so it was pretty tough. I was a little depressed some days [not being able to help]. ... They fought hard every game. We just couldn't put it together. It made me realize how important I am for the team. So I just have to stay healthy and stay in shape."
Dixon has more control over the second part of that goal than the first. To that end, he plans to hire a personal nutritionist/chef to take over the meal-planning and preparing portion of his life. Dixon actually has already made great strides from where he was last year at this time.
"He was so heavy and out of shape," recalled defensive line coach Jim Washburn of his first meeting with Dixon last summer, following a long labor stoppage that meant no offseason minicamps for the players and no use of the team's facilities. "It was disgusting how out of shape he was last year."
"It was not him. He had all these injuries and no offseason. ... But he looked so much different this Spring, and I'm so excited about him. I didn't know what we had. And now, getting himself in shape, making a commitment — I'll tell you what. Two words: Barry Rubin."
Rubin, of course, is the Eagles' head strength and conditioning coach who put together the plan that dropped Dixon to his more manageable current weight of 338 pounds, just about two weeks away, according to Dixon, from his target of 330.
Washburn and the Eagles now may be able to count on Dixon to step in and provide what Mike Patterson has provided for seven straight seasons — all except one as a fulltime starter. That would be huge, considering how much Washburn thinks of Patterson, who will sit out this camp and be out indefinitely until his surgeon pronounces his skull sufficiently healed from his operation more than six months ago.
"I'll miss the guy when I turn on the film on Monday morning... [the guy who] plays solid the whole time," Washburn said of Patterson. "He's just always in the right place. He does the right thing and he's going to play hard and he knows what to do. It's a constant. You turn on the film and you wonder how's Vinny [Curry] or Fletcher [Cox] going to play or whatever, but Mike was the old solid guy that was always there, and that's a comfort to a coach to know that he's always going to do the right thing."
At the very least, Dixon has earned Washburn's trust and admiration.
"This spring he worked his butt off," the coach said. "He's down in weight. I don't know how much he weighs. He's down to maybe 330 from 360 or whatever it was. He's in so much better shape and I went, 'Wow, this guy's got some quickness.' He likes to play and he's tough, but he's got ability. He's a real guy. I'm really excited about him. And he's such a good person. He wants to be a good player. He's going to help us a lot."
Without Patterson in the mix, Dixon might even start, although all of the four tackles who eventually will wind up in the rotation are considered starters anyway by head coach Andy Reid because they essentially play the same number of snaps.
"The thing I'm good at is getting off the ball," Dixon said, "so Coach Washburn's system fits me a lot."
Speaking of mental,.hey LUPES,..you've missed numerous HRs at the Hallway for Heroes,.recently by yur GK,.mefinks....I've lost count after 3,........WHY? Bottomline: USUK!,.....perk up,.or I'll order Beam to Bite yur Buttocks (agin).
Only one thing worse den Flite Nite,..and dat would be FF. FF suks. Only idgits and mental defectives play dat,..rite after dey seal dere stupid deck. Pay somebody to do it. I sealed my pool deck,..cuz I don't trust mental defects to do it,.and muck things up. That's how I roll...it suits me,..as my life is suited in Watermelon Sugar. Nite nite,... metal detectives.
Best 6 mins of your life.
This NBC run Olympic coverage is getting more annoying. This ain't the 80s. What's with this their fascination for prime time? A race is swam at 2.30 pm ET........and they are only gonna show it to us at 10.30pm ET and expect us to enjoy it????
@Brozer8 Yes, he is. He calls me like every day... and axes if I'm coming. I keep saying yes... but my car will not start that day... IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!!!!111!!!!!!!!!1!1!!!!!
@TheGreatJB99 I went to his Flight Night Party when Stew got hurt.
It was pretty pathetic. Only two people there.
Me...and his bro-in law.
Bri's Drunk-o-ramer this past week sukked bung.
But Broz's first Drunk-o-palooza of the year will be the first pre-season game, and will be the best palooza to date, and will be kick-ass !!!
Mark yourn calendars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've been procrastinating this deck for 2 years.
But I just need to go ahead and knock it out.
As soon as we hit June.......I'm doing it !
@Brozer8 Yeah, my uncle builteded this huge deck on their house... and he axed me to help him stain it... and so I just went to home depot... rented a sprayed and bought a bunch of that sealant .... and just soaked the ass out of it. Worked like a charm... for about 2 months... then the whole thing rotted out.
@TheGreatJB99 ....yeah...I'll prob go to home depot....and see what's cheaper...a sprayer, or one of dem illegal mexicans that hangs around there waiting for work.
@tboned208 but I already own a powerwarsher.......(that I've never used)
@tboned208 lots of people say you shouldn't powerwarsh your deck......cuz it damages the wood.
But if you use those chemicals, you have to scrub it..........and that would take forever.......and would suck !
@Brozer8 You bet we do.
Not sure I can fix the tie tingy... forealdo... cause I dont know how it happened. But I'll take a gander and try and fix it... fer sure.
didn't you have a rule where if one of ur guys is the guy that calls the coin toss......ur team automatically wins ?
Great Fat BJ. One FF request. Fix the tie BS. There are no ties ......well there shouldn't be any ties in FF
@tboned208 boner)))) -25
This year... any games decided by 10 points or less... end in a tie... including the Bri Suks Egg super bowl.
@tboned208 Careful or you too will start each game wiff -25 points... Which for you would be a deaff penalty... And for me just makes it fair for everyone else
@tboned208 -30 for Boner !!!!