Amari Cooper has been absent for most of the preseason due to a foot injury. But Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has provided a status update that should alleviate fans' concerns.
According to NFL Network reporter Jane Slater, Cooper is on pace to play in Week 1 against the New York Giants. He reportedly told her last week that he could play now if needed.
However, his ability to make cuts while route-running is still an issue, and the team is exercising caution at this time.
Garrett says he's on schedule.
The Cowboys will be relying on Cooper to have a big year in 2019.
His quick resurgence with the team in 2018 after the Cowboys acquired him in the trade with Oakland played a huge role in them winning the NFC East title.
Cooper played 15 games split between the Raiders and Cowboys last season. He finished the season with 75 receptions for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns while making the Pro Bowl. Six of those touchdowns were with the Cowboys.
But much like his Cowboys teammates Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, Cooper is seeking a new contract with the team.
In four seasons since going No. 4 overall out of Alabama, Cooper has caught 278 passes for 3,908 yards and 25 touchdowns.