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    Notes: Eagles’ Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur

    Riley Cooper spoke to reporters to apologize on Wednesday.
    Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/AP
    Riley Cooper spoke to reporters to apologize on Wednesday.

    Saying he was ‘‘ashamed and disgusted’’ with himself, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized repeatedly for making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was caught on video and led to him getting fined.

    The video of Cooper using the N-word surfaced Wednesday on the Internet. Cooper issued a statement of apology then met with reporters.

    ‘‘This is the lowest of lows,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘This is not the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person I am. I'm extremely sorry.’’


    Cooper said he was drinking when he directed the slur at an African-American security guard at the concert in June.

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    ‘‘That’s no excuse for what I said. I don’t use that term,’’ he said. ‘‘I was raised better than that. I have a great mom and dad and they’re disgusted with my actions.’’

    ‘‘We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words,’’ Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. ‘‘This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident.’’

    Pro Bowl changes

    The Pro Bowl rosters for this season will be selected in a draft by team captains, with Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice assisting as alumni captains.

    The NFL will abandon the AFC vs. NFC format that has been in place since 1971.


    The league said that fan voting will determine the players in the draft pool. The game will be played Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

    Williams needs rest

    Mario Williams requires rest and treatment to allow his sore left foot time to heal, Bills coach Doug Marrone said after the defensive end returned to training camp following a two-day absence. Marrone said Williams was examined by team doctors and North Carolina-based foot specialist, Robert Anderson . . . Colts cornerback Greg Toler was diagnosed with a concussion, receiver LaVon Brazill missed the afternoon workout with an abdominal injury, and linebacker Mario Harvey injured his hamstring . . . Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was helped off the field after hurting his left ankle in a training camp drill. Asked his level of concern over the injury, coach John Fox said, ‘‘Not overly.’’ . . . Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline sat out practice, two days after appearing to sustain a minor injury in a practice drill and missing a scrimmage . . . Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is back at practice, two days after spraining his right ankle. Gabbert had his ankle heavily taped for the team’s first practice in full pads . . . Jets first-round draft pick Dee Milliner participated in some drills as he joined his teammates on the practice field for the first time in training camp. The cornerback says his surgically repaired right shoulder felt ‘‘great.’’

    Patriots cut three

    The Patriots released wide receivers Perez Ashford and Lavelle Hawkins, and offensive lineman Nick McDonald. McDonald played two seasons for New England, including 12 games with one start at right guard last season . . . The Broncos lured Ryan Lilja out of retirement in an effort to replace injured center Dan Koppen . . . Veteran linebacker Nick Barnett agreed to a one-year deal with the Redskins . . . Receiver Julius Pruitt re-signed with the Dolphins, who cut him near the end of training camp last year. They also signed Keenan Davis, an undrafted rookie free agent receiver from Iowa. Receivers Armon Binns and Jasper Collins were waived-injured . . . The Cowboys signed rookie free agent defensive end Toby Jackson and released defensive tackle Ikponmwosa Igbinosun . . . The Buccaneers signed offensive linemen Roger Allen and Howard Barbieri, as well as linebacker Dom DeCicco. Cornerback Mason Robinson and tackle Jason Weaver were waived . . . The Bills signed rookie free agent defensive back Don Unamba . . . The Chargers signed free agent quarterback Nathan Enderle.