For the past two games, the Dallas Cowboys have been without Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper because he tested positive for COVID-19. The expectation around the league was that he’d return for Week 13, but there’s no guarantee at this time.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy announced that Cooper is back in the team building this Tuesday. However, the star wideout is still dealing with COVID-19 symptoms.
McCarthy said Cooper is still dealing with a cough. That’s why the Cowboys aren’t ready to say that he’ll return to the starting lineup on Thursday night against the Saints.
In addition to providing an update on Cooper’s health, McCarthy made a head-turning remark about the wide receiver’s status for Thursday.
“My gut would be if he doesn’t practice tomorrow, I don’t see him going to the game,” McCarthy told reporters.
Once NFL fans read that comment from McCarthy, they went on social media to blast the league’s protocols. Most of them want to know why Cooper is allowed back in the facility when he’s still dealing with symptoms.
He’s sick and still in the building? https://t.co/JZuH0sJiEQ
— Randy Wilkins (@pamsson) November 30, 2021
If he might still be symptomatic, why is he in the building? https://t.co/yiG7rbKymR
— David Fucillo (@davidfucillo) November 30, 2021
The return after 10 days is contingent on being symptom free. Definitely something to watch here. https://t.co/XikjH8QHwq
— David J. Chao – ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) November 30, 2021
Wait. He’s still coughing and is at the stadium? Um. Was he tested to see if he still has covid?
He either has covid or is showing signs of long covid/lung damage. https://t.co/rewGHlHxWw
— Mike 🌈 (@MDL_101) November 30, 2021
hes still coughing?just stay home. https://t.co/oBAK2g0lRT
— Dylan Garrison (@Dylan6481) November 30, 2021
If he’s still sick…why he coming in?? https://t.co/pDRjoOMMu6
— WBW (@HUCosell) November 30, 2021
This is certainly a fair question to ask, especially since Cooper is still reportedly coughing.
With the Cowboys-Saints game just two days away, a decision will have to be made on Cooper very soon. If he’s not asymptomatic by Thursday, he probably shouldn’t be suiting up for the game.