Cooper (lower leg) announced via his Instagram account that he underwent surgery Thursday, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. Cooper missed some time late in training camp with an undisclosed injury, which was revealed to be a hamstring issue during Week 1 prep. Since then, he only appeared on the practice report Week 2 with a foot concern and didn't miss any games all season en route to a career-high 92 catches (on 130 targets) for 1,114 yards and five touchdowns. It's unclear if Cooper's recovery will extend into the offseason program, but even if it does he has plenty of time to get healthy for the 2021 campaign.
Cooper caught six of nine targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Giants. Although Cooper tied for the team lead in targets and finished second in receptions, he was mostly held to short gains as he finished averaging just 6.8 yards per catch. So ends another up-and-down season for Cooper, who disappeared in several games but still finished with 1,114 receiving yards, which is the second-best output of his NFL career. He certainly would've produced more efficiently with a healthy Dak Prescott under center despite the multitude of other weapons on the Dallas offense, and he'll look to improve upon these numbers in the 2021-22 campaign.
Cooper caught four of six targets for 121 yards in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles. The Cowboys' passing game re-discovered its early season form, and as a result Cooper posted his best yardage total since Week 4 while tying Michael Gallup for the team lead on the afternoon, just one week after he managed a miserable three scrimmage yards against the 49ers. Cooper has now topped 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season and the fifth time in his career, and he's 117 yards shy of setting a new career high heading into Week 17's clash with the Giants, as both teams remain alive in the hunt for the NFC East title.
Cooper caught two of three targets for 10 yards and carried twice for minus-seven yards during Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers. Cooper had found the end zone in three straight games but struggled in this one as he faced tight coverage from the respectable San Francisco secondary, which held him to a pair of five-yard receptions. The team tried to get him involved as a rusher, but a four-yard gain followed by an 11-yard loss actually subtracted from his scrimmage yards on the day. While this was a poor performance, it was actually Cooper's second worst of the season after his one-catch effort against the Eagles in Week 8. He will try to get back on track in the rematch versus Philadelphia next Sunday.
Cooper recorded four receptions on five targets for 51 yards and one touchdown in Week 14 against Cincinnati. Cooper saw his fewest targets since Week 8, as he was limited by the Cowboys' ability to build up a 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter. Even so, Cooper managed to find the end zone in his third consecutive contest, scoring from 11 yards away just prior to halftime. Even with the team's minimal need for explosive offensive plays, he did tack on additional receptions of 20 and 13 yards. Cooper has remained a remarkably consistent producer this season, even with a revolving door of quarterbacks delivering him targets. He'll draw a Week 15 matchup against the 49ers.
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