The Eagles held a meeting Friday before practice to determine what it will take to accept wide receiver Riley Cooper as a teammate again after he was sent off to begin counseling for a racial slur caught on video from a recent Kenny Chesney concert.

But it was clear the Eagles are still divided over the situation including whether some can play with him at all although Eagles coach Chip Kelly said no one has expressed that sentiment to him.

Wide receivers Jason Avant and Jeremy Maclin linebacker DeMeco Ryans and long snapper Jon Dorenbos were the players who spoke at the meeting which cornerback Cary Williams described as “thick” with tension.

Kelly said the plan all along was to have Cooper take a leave of absence for counseling. It just took some time to formulate the plan. He said there’s no timetable for Cooper’s return. Kelly also said there was never a debate about cutting Cooper who is entering his fifth season with the team.

“His status with us is not in question” Kelly said.

Williams said the speakers supported Cooper and emphasized that it’s time for the team to start moving on. But Williams said it’s not that simple.

“This supersedes the season” he said. “There’s still an elephant in the room. We can try to sweep the situation under the rug and say ‘We’ve got a season [to get ready for].’ For a successful team we have to address the situation straight up. It’s great to have a conversation about it but you’ve got to have the guys who have an issue come out and say something about the situation.