On Wednesday, Yahoo Sports released a report on five former SEC players who received "impermissible benefits" while still in school. The report by Rand Getlin and Charles Robinson named former Mississippi State and current Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox as one of those players. On Thursday, the second-year player declined to comment on the situation when questioned by media members that included former BGN and current NJ.com writer Elliot Shorr-Parks.
Cox said that he is waiting to learn more about the situation from his agent, but he does not seemed bothered by the ordeal. "It's not a distraction," Cox said. "I'm focused, it's not on my mind. I came to practice, and whatever happens happens."
The Yahoo Sports report cited text messages and financial records that led to the five players' identity. Cox and fellow former Mississippi State alum Chad Bumphis were alleged to have accepted plane tickets from Mississippi to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December 2011. Yahoo Sports cites plane tickets as proof. Other current NFL players named in the report are Chargers' offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and Chiefs' quarterback Tyler Bray.
The Eagles and Cox will play Fluker and the Chargers on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field and there is a good chance the two will lineup across from each other in certain packages.
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