It seems that in hopes of moving forward from the controversy surrounding wide receiver Riley Cooper he and the Philadelphia Eagles are taking a step back from football.

The team announced Friday that the fourth-year player is essentially taking a leave of absence from training camp to meet with counselors. It's been two days since video from a Kenny Chesney concert in June showed Cooper intoxicated at the time using a racial slur toward an African-American security guard.

"As we have said Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities" the Eagles said in a statement. "This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many including his teammates."

Cooper practiced Thursday but often seemed isolated and alone between repetitions. Before the scandal broke he seemed on track to win a starting job after Jeremy Maclin suffered a season-ending knee injury.