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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is expected to travel with the team to New Orleans on Wednesday and play against the Saints on Thursday, a source tells ESPN’s Ed Werder.
He was officially listed as dubious for Thursday night’s match on Wednesday.
Cooper, who missed the last two games while on the reserve / COVID-19 list, was activated by the team on Wednesday. On Tuesday, coach Mike McCarthy, who will not train on Thursday because he is in the COVID protocols, said Cooper “still is not feeling well” and has a cough, even though owner and general manager Jerry Jones spoke at 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. sure Cooper would be available.
Cooper is expected to test his fitness in Wednesday’s training session before the team flies to New Orleans, and how much he plays is unknown, as he has not played since November 14 and has not trained fully for more than two weeks.
As Cooper is expected to play, Dak Prescott will have his two best wide receivers against the Saints, with CeeDee Lamb returning after not playing at Thanksgiving against the Las Vegas Raiders due to a concussion. But the Cowboys will be without receiver Cedrick Wilson, who has played a bigger role in the absence of Lamb, Cooper and Michael Gallup this season, as he was ruled out on Wednesday due to an ankle injury.
Starting right tackle Terence Steele and cornerback Nahshon Wright were placed on the COVID list earlier this week and are out. In addition to McCarthy, the Cowboys will also be without offensive line coach Joe Philbin, assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko, strength and conditioning coordinator Harold Nash and assistant strength and conditioning coach Kendall Smith against the Saints.
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will serve as the Cowboys’ interim coach for Thursday’s game.
After minimal COVID issues last season, the Cowboys have been hit much harder this season. Pro Bowls right guard Zack Martin missed the season opener on the COVID list. Linebackers Keanu Neal and Cooper, who were the only two unvaccinated players on the 53-man list, missed two games on the COVID list. Defensive end Randy Gregory, kicker Greg Zuerlein, guard Brandon Knight and defensive end Bradlee Anae also missed matches while on the list.