Amari Cooper, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, will have to sit out at least two of his team’s next games. The player tested positive for Covid-19 and was placed on the Covid-19/reserve list as a result.
Back in Early December
Cooper is unvaccinated, meaning he will have to spend 10 days in quarantine and that rules him out of the game the Cowboys will play against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving. The Raiders are Cooper’s former team.
If all goes according to plan, though, the wide receiver should be available for selection in time for the New Orleans Saints game scheduled for 2 December.
A Key Player
The Cowboys will be hoping that Cooper returns as soon as his mandatory 10-day quarantine ends, as he is a key player for the franchise.
This season the receiver has caught 44 passes for 583 yards and has notched five receiving touchdowns. He ranks second in both categories for the Cowboys. Only CeeDee Lamb has caught more passes (47), ran more yards (726), and scored more receiving touchdowns (6) for the Cowboys than Cooper.
Wide Receiver Problems – A Recurring Theme for the Cowboys
The Cowboys were without one of their top receivers earlier this season too. Michael Gallup was out of action for almost two months and missed seven games after picking up a calf strain in the first game of the NFL season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He came back in time for the Cowboys’ win over the Atlanta Falcons last week and will be part of their receiving duo together with CeeDee Lamb. Cedrick Wilson will be the third wide receiver option for coach Mike McCarthy. Wilson moved into the number three slot after Gallup’s injury, and Cooper’s absence will put him third in the pecking order once again.
Amari Cooper is not the first Cowboys player that has been placed on the Covid-19/reserve list. Keanu Neal missed two games earlier in the season, as he is also unvaccinated. Similarly, Greg Zuerlein returns to action this week after spending seven days on the same list.