Marcus Cooper

#31 DB / Chicago Bears / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 197 lb Age: 27 College: Rutgers Bye 9

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  • Bears' Marcus Cooper: Inactive for MNF
    By RotoWire Staff

    Cooper (back) is inactive for Monday's game against the Vikings. Cooper, who's dealing with back spasms, did a light workout in pregame warmups but was evidently deemed unfit to play. His absence should mean more playing time for Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan.

  • Bears' Marcus Cooper: Should play Saturday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Cooper (hamstring) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason game in Arizona. Cooper was limited in practice with a hamstring injury this week. He should roll out with the first-string unit Saturday opposite Prince Amukamara.

  • Bears' Marcus Cooper: Limited practice Wednesday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Cooper (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Rich Campbell on Twitter reports. Cooper projects as an outside starting cornerback after signing with the Bears in free agency this off-season. Being on the field was a positive start for him, and he'll hopefully be upgraded to full practices before long, as it'll help him fit well into the new defensive system he's learning.

  • Cooper signed a three-year deal with the Bears on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. The Bears have been aggressively rebuilding their secondary to this point in free agency, inking Prince Amukamara and Cooper. As a member of the Cardinals in 2016, Cooper racked up 69 tackles and four interceptions in 15 games. He figures to compete for a starting spot opposite Amukamara.

  • Cooper accounted for 69 tackles (63 solo), 11 passes defended, and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, in 15 games during the 2016 season. The Cardinals' presumptive No. 2 cornerback, Justin Bethel, entered training camp with an ailing foot and was unable to make inroads on the role. As the preseason unfolded, veteran Mike Jenkins (knee) and rookie Brandon Williams variously attempted to land the gig, but management eventually brought in Cooper via trade from the Chiefs as a last-ditch effort on Sept. 2. Cooper paid immediate dividends, as he tallied a pair of interceptions, including the touchdown return, in Week 2 during a demolition of the Buccaneers. Working opposite Patrick Peterson continued to pay dividends in terms of opportunity, and despite sitting out the penultimate game of the season due to a back injury, Cooper finished as Arizona's fourth-leading tackler. An unrestricted free agent come March, Cooper will likely garner interest on the open market, but for the right price he's a decent bet to land back in the desert.

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