Amari Cooper appears on Dallas Cowboys injury report after MRI
The Dallas Cowboys top receiver, Amari Cooper, had an MRI on Wednesday and appeared on the team’s injury report as limited during practice.
There is little doubt of the importance wide receiver Amari Cooper has on the Dallas Cowboys‘ top-rated offense. Through the team’s first three games, the three-time Pro Bowler has racked up 16 receptions off of 21 targets for 238 yards and four touchdowns.
Cooper was the catalyst for positive change last season in Dallas. After a midseason trade for the 25-year old wideout, Dallas won seven of their final eight games, locking up the NFC East title, and earning themselves a playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round.
Cooper’s success last year removed much of the sting from the team trading away their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders in order to obtain his services. Consequently, the Raiders drafted Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abrams with Dallas’ selection. Abrams is currently on Injured Reserve due to suffering a season-ending shoulder injury during the Oakland’s Week One matchup against the Denver Broncos.
In nine games last season, Cooper racked up 53 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns. Through only three games of this season, Amari figures to eclipse those previous numbers by a wide margin. If Cooper’s current-rate of production continued through the rest of the year, he would post a season-ending total of 112 receptions for 1,269 yards and a whopping 21 touchdowns.
But injury is a legitimate concern for Cooper this year. The fifth-year receiver missed a portion of training camp due to what was described as a heel issue on his left foot. It was reported to be a plantar fascia irritation and later downgraded to an intrinsic muscle strain. But any concerns about his injured heel impacting his regular season play were erased after his recent stellar performances.
But on Wednesday, Cooper had what is being described as a precautionary MRI on his right ankle. Again, his previous issues have been with his left foot. Cooper did land on the Cowboys’ injury report, which listed him as limited during Wednesday’s practice session.
With Dallas Cowboys’ wide receivers Michael Gallup (knee) and Tavon Austin (concussion) also appearing on this week’s injury report, the possible injury situation with Amari Cooper needs to be monitored closely as the team prepares for a Sunday night matchup against the 2-1 New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.