Jerry Jones has taken a stick on his star wide receiver because he refused to get a stick.
When the Cowboys play the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving, Amari Cooper will miss her second game in a row due to the NFL’s COVID protocol. Testing positive for the virus while it is unvaccinated means a 10-day quarantine.
Jones, talking to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday expressed frustration over how Cooper’s vaccination status has affected the team.
“Amari Cooper is outstanding. He’s one of the guys with the highest character you’ll ever be around in any area. He’s outstanding in his self-esteem and the way he does things, says Jones.” Nobody says he’s not outstanding, but this is a classic case of how it can affect a team. At the end of the day, this is the team. You can not win anything individually. … The point is, it hit us. This struck us. “
If Cooper had been vaccinated, he would have been eligible to return if he was symptom-free for 48 hours and had two negative tests at 24-hour intervals.
The legendary former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin also had a few words of choice for Cooper.
“I’m totally hot over it” Irvin told TMZ earlier this week. “Are you kidding ?!”
Irvin felt that Cooper’s considerable salary made the decision more puzzling.
“I have a guy who makes $ 21 million on the bench at home without playing,” Irvin continued. “It’s crazy.”
Cooper, 27, missed last Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, which the Cowboys lost 19-9. This season, Cooper has 44 catches on 583 yards and five touchdowns on nine games. Dallas is 7-3 and is in first place in NFC East.