NFL Notebook: Sensitivity training is set up for Cooper

2013-08-02T00:00:00Z NFL Notebook: Sensitivity training is set up for CooperWire Reports Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
August 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.

"In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions," the team said in a statement Thursday. "He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so."

Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him, and the league plans no further discipline.

Meanwhile in Thursday's practice, one day after Michael Vick took most the first-team snaps, former Wildcat Nick Foles took the majority of the snaps. Foles had a strong afternoon, including a deep touchdown pass to Damaris Johnson.

Female official-in-training at New Orleans camp

METAIRIE, La. - A woman who could become the NFL's first female official is training at New Orleans Saints training camp this week.

Sarah Thomas, who lives near Jackson, Miss., is a former college basketball player who started officiating high school games at age 23 and says she never dreamed then that she could become a candidate to officiate NFL games.

Now 40-years old and with three children, she has been officiating college football in Conference USA since 2007, is a member of the NFL's Officiating Development Program and a finalist to become a permanent NFL official.

She has trained at Saints camp in previous years, and Saints coach Sean Payton says she does "a great job."

Extra points

• The Cowboys signed former TCU guard Jeff Olson and former UTEP tackle James Nelson, who went to high school near the team's camp facility in Oxnard, Calif. Dallas released injured defensive end Cameron Sheffield and cornerback Devin Smith.

Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle DeMarcus Love has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on PEDs. He is the eighth player the NFL has suspended since March for violating the policy.

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