Week 1 of the NFL season is almost here, which means the clock is ticking for Amari Cooper to recover in time for Dallas' opening game. Fortunately, the latest update on the former Alabama star sounds very promising.
Cooper has dealt with a heel injury for the past few weeks. While the Cowboys don't expect him to miss the season opener, they have kept him out of the preseason.
There's still uncertainty surrounding Cooper's contract situation, but it sounds like his health issues have almost run their course.
According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Cooper's injury will keep him out of practice for the remainder of the week. However, Jason Garrett is hopeful that he can return to practice on Monday.
It makes sense for Dallas to give Cooper as much time as possible before the regular season. He's by far the team's best wide receiver.
Once Cooper was traded to Dallas he saw his production increase dramatically.
In nine games with the Cowboys, he had 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns. His chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott kept improving over the course of the season.
With Ezekiel Elliott's status for Week 1 unclear at the moment, the Cowboys need Cooper and Prescott to carry their offense against the Giants.