The acquisition of Amari Cooper last season helped turn the Dallas Cowboys’ year around, giving Dak Prescott a bona fide star wide receiver to throw to. That success has largely continued this season.
Through eight games, Cooper has 42 catches for 701 yards and six touchdowns. The Cowboys have been inconsistent, but are getting help from one of the NFL’s more manageable divisions, and sit a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles for the top of the NFC East.
They’ll definitely need a healthy Amari Cooper going forward, if they want to compete for a playoff spot and succeed if they get there. He’s been very banged up this year, and now faces a knee issue stemming from Monday’s game at the Meadowlands.
The latest from head coach Jason Garrett, via ESPN‘s Todd Archer:
“Amari Cooper is visiting with team doctors after having an MRI on his knee Wednesday and will not practice today, according to Jason Garrett. There is hope he will be able to play Sunday but he has dealt with heel, ankle, quadriceps and now a knee injury this season.”
Cooper’s MRI comes just a few days after the Cowboys’ 37-18 win over the division rival New York Giants.
He caught four passes for 80 yards on the day, including a 45-yard touchdown that put Dallas up 30-18 and sealed the win.
Amari Cooper makes it look so easy pic.twitter.com/JunhOIebq6
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 5, 2019
Dr. David J. Chao clipped the play on which Cooper appeared to tweak his knee during the Monday Night game.
— David J. Chao (@ProFootballDoc) November 5, 2019
That play came before the touchdown, which was his final catch of the night. After the game, he said that the issue “wasn’t anything that was that bad,” so hopefully for the Cowboys, this doesn’t have a major impact on his status for Sunday’s game.
The Cowboys host the Minnesota on Sunday Night Football, a huge game for both teams in tight division races. That one kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET.
We’ll have more on Amari Cooper’s status as we get closer to the game.