Late Monday practice during training camp saw the Cleveland Browns suffer a serious injury to receiver Amari cooper. Cooper was injured in a scramble drill. He changed direction to make it easier for Deshaun Watson.
Coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t have any update at the end of practice on the severity of the injury, but Cooper was moving around independently after completing drills.
According to Cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe a report states that Watson rolled out of the pocket during a scramble drill and Cooper went down with injury without contact. The team treated him and he remained on the ground.
Labbe described Cooper’s appearance walking on the field with no limp afterward.
Cooper was a major acquisition by the Browns in the offseason. Cooper will be the primary receiver for the team this season, as they deal with the possibility of losing their No. 1 quarterback. Watson and the Browns found out Monday that Watson’s recommended suspension by a third party was for six games. This is far less than most people thought, given his ongoing lawsuits.
Watson will not be available for the start of the season so his time in training camp is crucial to build a relationship with his offensive weapons. A possible camp injury to Cooper could prove costly.
“I haven’t gotten the full report. I’ll update you guys tomorrow,” said Browns’ coach Kevin Stefanski after practice.
The Browns traded Cooper with the Dallas Cowboys to acquire Cooper. Cleveland was able only to trade for a fifth-round draft selection and a sixth round pick swap. The Browns now have problems with their receiver depth as rookie David Bell is battling a foot injury, and undrafted rookie Isaiah Weston has been recently released with an injury designation.