Multiple reports suggest that Cowboys leading receiver Amari Cooper might not be able to play against the Eagles in this week’s huge NFC East rivalry matchup on Sunday Night Football.
Cooper has been dealing with a quadriceps injury over the past couple weeks. He was only able to play three snaps during the Cowboys’ Week 6 loss to the New York Jets. After the game, Mike Florio shared this tidbit:
Per source Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is in “pretty significant pain” as a result of the quad injury he suffered at Jets today.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 13, 2019
ESPN reporters Chris Mortensen and Todd Archer each indicated Cooper’s status this week is in question.
.@mortreport said on ESPN it’s “very iffy” whether or not Amari Cooper (quad) will be able to play against the Eagles.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 14, 2019
Cooper had 16 receptions for 292 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles last season.
While the quadriceps bruise Amari Cooper has dealt with the last two games is no worse after three snaps in the loss to the New York Jets, the availability of the Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver in Sunday’s first-place showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles is in serious question, according to a source.
Even if Cooper is able to play, it hardly seems like he’s going to be anything close to 100%.
Of course, that might not matter against the Eagles’ secondary. Philadelphia’s pass defense is getting absolutely lit up right now. The Eagles are hoping the potential returns of Ronald Darby and/or Jalen Mills help out but it’s not exactly like those guys have never struggled in coverage.
The Cowboys’ offense obviously struggled without Cooper in the lineup for most of the game in their loss to the Jets. The Eagles probably won’t mind if their offense struggles again in such an important division game this week.
And while the Cowboys might be without a big play threat, the Eagles might be getting one of their own back if DeSean Jackson can play.
In the cases of both Cooper and Jackson, we’ll have to see how they handle practice this week.