Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper loses two games after positive COVID-19 test, sources say
FRISCO, Texas – With three games in 12 days starting Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Cowboys will be without wide receiver Amari Cooper for at least two of them after being placed on the reserve / COVID roster. 19 Friday.
Sources told ESPN that Cooper has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not vaccinated, which imposes a 10-day quarantine and will eliminate him from the Thanksgiving game against the Las Vegas Raiders, his former team.
Cooper is expected to clear protocols in time to play against the New Orleans Saints on December 2.
Sources said the Cowboys had no other coronavirus issues linked to Cooper’s test. The Cowboys will fly to Kansas City after practice on Saturday.
Cooper has caught 44 passes for 583 yards and five touchdowns this season, all of which rank second among the Cowboys.
The Cowboys played host to wide receiver Michael Gallup in last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons after missing seven games with calf strain in the season opener. Gallup and CeeDee Lamb will be the Cowboys’ two top receivers, with Cedrick Wilson in third place, which he managed during Gallup’s absence.
Earlier in the season, linebacker Keanu Neal, who is also unvaccinated, missed two games on the reserve / COVID-19 roster. Kicker Greg Zuerlein will return to the roster this week after spending last week on the reserve list.
Cooper’s loss is part of a potential move on the Cowboys’ offense this week.
Left tackle Tyron Smith could return after missing two games with an ankle injury. The Cowboys are waiting to see how he reacts to Saturday practice and will also assess the quick turnaround with the Raiders game five days later. If Smith doesn’t play, Terence Steele would start on the left tackle for the third game in a row.
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, owner Jerry Jones said Connor McGovern will start at left guard in place of Connor Williams. Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t go that far in his media session, but admitted that Williams, the league’s highest 13 penalties, are too many.