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By Ed Benkin
LEHIGH, PA (CBS) – On Saturday, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper suffered a broken collarbone. On Monday, Cooper will have surgery and have a plate inserted to repair the broken bone. He is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.
Wide receiver Jason Avant is hoping Cooper will make a quick recovery. “Hopefully, he will get over it and be back with us sometime this year,” said Avant. “We’re not counting him out at all. We just hope he gets well soon.”
Cooper’s injury allows several young receivers competing for jobs to receive more playing time. Rookie Marvin McNutt has been impressive during the first week of camp, and the sixth-round draft pick from Iowa knows he has an opportunity to prove he belongs in the NFL.
“It enables me to get out there more and get into the coaches’ eyes a little more,” McNutt said. “It’s an opportunity that presents itself. With that still comes a lot of learning and still having to be on top of your game.”
Cooper’s injury came during the first workout with live contact on Saturday. Head Coach Andy Reid liked what he saw during the practice with pads but believes it’s just the first step for his team.
“It was basically getting used to the pads and getting used to hitting again,” said Reid. “It wasn’t all pretty. We’ve go a lot of work to do.”