The situation involving the injury to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper remains a bit of a head-scratcher. While Cooper suffered a foot injury in early August, the initial belief was that it wasn’t anything serious. Now, the latest chatter has given reason for pause and possibly a bit of concern.
As Todd Brock of Cowboys Wire cited, head coach Jason Garrett told reporters following a practice roughly one week ago that Cooper was day-to-day. The injury was described as a heel bruise, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.
Per Roy White III of 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys insider Mickey Spagnola called Cooper’s heel injury a ligament issue, not just a bruise.
And now, even the team has seemingly changed its tune when it comes to Cooper’s potential timeline for return.
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Amari Cooper Injury Update: Cowboys WR Now Week-to-Week?
The latest update on Cooper and his potential timeline for return leaves the topic as a big question mark. According to 105.3 The Fan’s Mike Fisher, the team has privately said the star wide receiver is “week-to-week” for the summer.
This is obviously concerning, especially considering the fact that the Cowboys begin the regular season on September 8 which is less than three weeks away. While Cooper may be week-to-week “for the summer,” the issue is that the summer is nearly over.
Amari Cooper’s Impressive Start With Cowboys
Cooper began his career with the Oakland Raiders and was traded to Dallas during the 2018 NFL season. After a frustrating start to the year for the Cowboys passing attack, Cooper, who was acquired for a first-round pick, stepped in and thrived after teaming up with Dak Prescott and company.
The former No. 4 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft played in nine regular-season games with the Cowboys while racking up 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns. For comparison’s sake, Cooper’s slow start to the year in Oakland featured just 22 catches for 280 yards and one score over six games.
Cooper is currently in the midst of playing out the final year of his contract and joins Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott as key members of the Cowboys core in need of an extension. While Elliott is currently holding out from the team, both Prescott and Cooper were at training camp, but due to the injury, the wideout has been unable to play for the most part.
The Cowboys offense as a whole is primed to do big things in 2019, but a healthy Cooper and happy Elliott will be key. Whether or not those two things work in the team’s favor once Week 1 rolls around will be worth monitoring, but there’s been nothing concrete that points to the receiver’s injury sidelining him into September.