Cowboys Rumors: Amari Cooper's Injury Shows 'No Indication of Long-Term Damage'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper catches from the passing machine at the NFL football team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper was ruled out for the second half of Sunday's game against the New York Jets with a quad injury.

After the 24-22 loss, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported Cooper was in "pretty significant pain." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport later reported, citing a source, that Cooper was diagnosed with a bone bruise and "there is no indication of long-term damage."

Dallas had listed Cooper, 25, as having ankle and quad injuries coming into Sunday. He was limited in practice all week.

Healthy throughout his first four NFL seasons, Cooper has missed only three games in his career. He recorded 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games with the Cowboys after coming over via midseason trade by the Oakland Raiders.

"Whatever the circumstance may be, there are certain reasons why one place might not work for a guy and another place will," Cooper told ProFootballTalk. "I think the change of scenery was really necessary. I really honestly don't think if I would have stayed at the Raiders last season that I would have been able to flourish and, you know, reach some heights that I was able to reach as a Cowboy. So, it was definitely necessary."

The Cowboys will have to rely on Michael Gallup to handle more of the targets with Cooper out. In his second NFL season, Gallup entered Sunday with 20 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown.