Although the Cowboys showed a dominating performance in Monday night’s 37-18 victory over the Giants, Dallas’ offense may have taken a hit.
According to head coach Jason Garrett, wide receiver Amari Cooper suffered a knee injury during last week’s prime time game. As a result, the wideout missed Thursday’s practice. Instead, Cooper was visiting with the team doctors.
Still, the Cowboys seem pretty confident in Cooper’s status for Sunday. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport stated that Cooper’s MRI was just a precautionary measure.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2019
In addition to Rapoport’s sources, NFL Network’s Jane Slater had a word with the receiver himself. Slater explained that Cooper described the injury as “manageable” and has hope of playing Sunday night.
Since last year’s blockbuster trade at the deadline to get him, Cooper has completely transformed the Cowboys’ offense. In 2018, before the trade, the Cowboys had a 3-4 record. After the trade, the Cowboys finished with a 10-6 record and earned themselves a playoff win.
The Cooper effect has shown no signs of stopping this season as Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is on pace to have his best year yet. With a passer rating of 102.5, completion percentage of 69.6, 2,380 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, Dak and the Cowboys offense has been greatly influenced by Cooper’s arrival.
Although the coaching staff is optimistic that Cooper will play this Sunday, it is still a scary situation. The Dallas Cowboys (5-3) are in a close division race with the Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) and cannot afford to come out flat offensively on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings (6-3).