The Cowboys own one of the league's most dominant offensive lines, so Cooper, the eighth overall pick in 2013, will simply serve as depth at guard during the team's playoff run. The 26-year-old was let go by the Browns last week, but has 14 career starts under his belt and could be an adequate option to step in for the Cowboys in the event Ron Leary (back) and/or La'el Collins (toe) are unavailable in the divisional round.
Cooper was waived by the Browns on Tuesday.
It's unclear why the Browns waived Cooper, who had been starting at right guard. Brown dealt with injuries early in the season and throughout his career but he's been a starting caliber player when healthy. The former first round pick will be a free agent if he clears waivers.
The Browns claimed Cooper off Waivers on Monday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
After starting nine games for the Cardinals in 2015, Cooper was traded to the Patriots in the offseason for Chandler Jones. His availability throughout the early portion of the season was hampered by injuries, which eventually led to him being waived on Saturday. The Browns have opted to take a gamble on Cooper to help out on the offensive line.
Cooper was released by the Patriots on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Cooper started nine games for the Cardinals last season before being traded to the Patriots this offseason. Injuries had derailed his availability during the first several weeks of the year.
Cooper had been dealing with a nagging foot injury since the start of the season but looks ready to go for Week 5. He likely will assume his position as the starting right guard, sending Shaq Mason back to a reserve role.
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