Cooper (illness), who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after testing positive for the virus, won't be available for Sunday's game against the Chiefs nor the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders in Week 12 due to his status as an unvaccinated player, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Vaccinated players who test positive for the virus are eligible to resume team activities once they're asymptomatic for a 48-hour period and submit two negative test results 24 hours apart, whereas unvaccinated players are subject to an automatic 10-day quarantine. With that timeline in mind, Cooper will be forced to sit out two games because of the quick turnaround for the Cowboys' Week 12 contest. While Cooper is out, the Cowboys are likely to move CeeDee Lamb to a perimeter spot opposite Michael Gallup, allowing Cedrick Wilson to slide into Lamb's regular position out of the slot. On the plus side for Cooper, his stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list should give him some extra time to heal up from the hamstring injury that has hindered his production and limited his snaps in recent weeks. Cooper's next chance to play again will come Dec. 2 in New Orleans in a second straight Thursday game for Dallas.