INJURY UPDATE Eagles at Cowboys: WRs Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb Among 5 'Rehabbers' Who Plan To Play Tonight
ARLINGTON - The Dallas Cowboys training staff will tell you part of rehab is about "want to.'' Obviously, the magnitude of tonight's Eagles-at-Dallas game provides lots of "want to.'' But just as obvious, hobbled Cowboys receivers Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb have the "want to'' inside of them, too, as they are expected to play in tonight's pivotal Week 7 showdown here at AT&T Stadium.
The behind the scenes contributions of the Dallas training staff (Jim Maurer and Britt Brown) cannot be understated in the cases of the wideouts, and in the cases of tackles Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, another pair of starters who made a notable return from recent injuries to get ready to participate tonight. (Cornerback Byron Jones is also on the "comeback'' list for tonight; only cornerback Anthony Brown was unable to rehab back in time.) And now it's time for Cooper and Cobb to emerge from "behind the scenes'' to, Dallas hopes, help QB Dak Prescott victimize a vulnerable Philadelphia Eagles secondary.
Cooper exited last week’s loss against the New York Jets due to a quad injury. He practiced for the first time during the week on Friday despite a purple/black bruise that literally surrounded his entire thigh, front to back.
Cooper has played at a Pro Bowl level this year, totaling 33 catches for 515 yards and five touchdowns.
“I don’t look at it like, ‘Oh, I’m going to rest this week and then have the bye week so I can have two weeks to get ready for whatever game is after that,’” said Cooper, aware of the coming break in the Cowboys NFL schedule. “I always approach game week like I’m going to play.”
In nine games with Dallas in 2018 following his trade from the Raiders, Cooper caught 53 passes for 725 yards and six scores. He'd like to do more of the same here, as would an even more recent veteran add to the receivers room, Cobb, the long-time Packers standout.
Prior to missing Week 6 with a back injury, Cobb had been productive in his role as the slot guy, catching 17 balls for 210 yards and a touchdown.
Cobb also missed most of the week before ramping up a bit on Friday at the Ford Center, along with Cooper. ... and most of the rest of the gang.
Tonight for the Cowboys, who have lost three straight games after a 3-0 start with a 3-3 record that mirrors the Eagles', the plan is for yet another ramp up from Cooper and Cobb.