After being placed on reserve/COVID-19 list, the Dallas Cowboys were without wide receiver Amari cooper against the Kansas City Chiefs. Cooper will not be able to attend the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game against the Los Vegas Raiders. Cooper is not vaccinated and will be forced to miss at least ten days.
Cooper would need to only return two negative COVID-19 tests if he was vaccinated. Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, commented on Cooper’s decision not to get vaccinated Tuesday morning. He pointed out the negative impact being unvaccinated can make on a team.
Jones stated via Jon Machota, The Athletic. This is a classic example of how it can affect a team. Individually, you can’t win anything. This is what popped us. We were able to see the light.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, Cooper is not the only one out . The Cowboys’ assistant strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smoak, and wide receivers Robert Foster as well as TJ Vaher will also be available for Thanksgiving.
Cooper’s 44 receptions this year total 583 yards and five touchdowns.
Cooper was absent from Sunday’s Cowboys game. Dallas did not score an offensive touchdown this game for the first-time. Despite Cooper being infected, quarterback Dak Prescott still has the support of his wide receiver.
“That’s my friend. That’s my brother,” declared Prescott. “I will continue to support him and back him.” This is everyone’s decision.
Vasher, Foster, Cooper and Foster are all in COVID-19 protocols. CeeDee lamb , the receiver , is also dealing with injuries. Lamb sustained a concussion during Sunday’s Cowboys-Cowboys loss to Chiefs 19-9. Although Lamb’s status remains uncertain, the Cowboys believe he will be able return to play on Thanksgiving.
The Cowboys will use Michael Gallup as receivers and Cedrick WILSON to pass the ball. Gallup has recently returned to the field after a time on injured reserve.
Cooper missed last week’s game and will miss this week’s. Cooper’s status for the Cowboys next game against New Orleans Saints is also unknown. Dallas will face the Saints on Thursday, one week after Thanksgiving. Cooper has less time to complete protocol checks, as the Cowboys have two consecutive Thursday games.