Riley Cooper Fractures Collarbone At Training Camp

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Riley Cooper #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after he scored an 8-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

We've got our first major injury of training camp. The Eagles have confirmed that WR Riley Cooper has fractured his collarbone and could miss several months.

Cooper caught 16 passes for 315 yards and a TD last season, so his offensive production isn't a particularly big loss, but Cooper is a key special teamer. So someone will have to step up there, especially if Colt Anderson, another core special teamer, isn't 100%. On their face, little injuries like this don't sound like much... but when the opposing return man finds daylight, we'll certainly notice.

Still, there are 90 guys in camp and only 53 roster spots. For most of those guys, special teams is their way on the team. So there will be no shortage of hungry guys looking to capitalize on Cooper's absence.

On offense, it probably means good things for rookie Marvin McNutt. At 6-3, 216 he's almost identical in size to Cooper and he was far more productive in college than Cooper ever was. So there's good reason to believe he could at least duplicate Cooper's contributions on offense, if not exceed them. The big difference between the two is obviously that McNutt is a rookie while Cooper was entering his 3rd season in the offense.

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