Riley Cooper and Cary Williams mix it up at practice Thursday. (AP)
Tensions flared at Eagles practice Thursday as cornerback Cary Williams and wide receiver Riley Cooper tangled up and needed to be restrained by teammates.
The fracas occurred about a half-hour into practice, while reporters were still allowed to be on the sidelines. The cause of the altercation isn’t entirely clear -- players will address the media after practice -- but Williams had been covering Cooper on the play. Both went to the ground and started scuffling until they were separated.
Michael Vick and Brandon Boykin were among the peacemakers, but Williams kept jawing at Cooper after the fight had been broken up. The fiery Williams was eventually held back by Vick as Cooper walked away.
Following practice, Cooper said fight had nothing to do the racial slur he made earlier this summer.
Williams, a former Ravens corner who last year scrapped with DeSean Jackson during an Eagles game against Baltimore, is known for his aggression on the field. He was fortunate not to get thrown out of the Super Bowl after shoving a referee during a scuffle between the Ravens and Niners.
Earlier in training camp, during a joint practice with the Patriots, Williams was tossed out of practice after briefly mixing it up with Patriots rookie wideout Aaron Dobson. He also got into a tussle with Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith during a preseason game.
If you’re counting, that’s at least five total combatants -- Jackson, a referee, and three wide receivers -- on Williams’ card in less than one year.
For the record, Williams wasn't overly critical of Cooper -- at least in public -- earlier this summer after a video surfaced of Cooper using a racial slur at a concert. Williams said he thought Cooper, whom he admittedly did not know well, "just made a mistake" before later questioning the slur's frequent use in culture, specifically rap music.