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Cooper Healthy, Ready To Contribute

After missing two games with a concussion, rookie wide receiver Riley Cooper will return to action this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. With DeSean Jackson out, Cooper will likely see a bigger role on the offense than he's had at any point this season. But first thing's first, Cooper's ready to go physically.

"I wasn't feeling like myself," said Cooper, who suffered the concussion on special teams in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins. "I was kind of a little forgetful with little things. Then finally my personality kind of came back and that fogginess kind of went away. That was the biggest thing for me.

"Last week I'd go and get a little bit of a headache and they'd pull me out and I'd take it easy. This week, I'm full-go. I feel great."

Cooper's role Sunday will likely be on the outside in the "X" position, especially in three-receiver sets when Jason Avant is lined up in his standard slot role. Cooper, 6-3, 222, showed in the preseason that he has the speed to be more than a possession receiver. One of the stars of training camp, Cooper caught nine passes for 149 yards in four preseason games and notched his first career regular season catch with a 20-yard grab against the Detroit Lions.

"We have a good game plan in and I'm in there quite a bit," Cooper said. "I feel pretty comfortable."

"I'm excited about this week and ready to get back out there on the field for sure," he said.

Cooper, and fellow rookie receiver Chad Hall, can look to Avant for an example of another former mid-round Eagles draft pick who took advantage of his chances to impress.

"I think (Cooper and Hall) are going to do a great job," Avant said. "They know the offense and I think once they get the opportunity - this league is about opportunity - then you never know. Once you get an opportunity, that's all you can ask for."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 10:34 a.m., October 22

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