FRISCO, Texas – Amari Cooper didn’t have much to say about his knee injury, but it doesn’t sound like something that will keep him out of action.
“I mean, you know, something that is very manageable. I’ll see what I can do tomorrow in practice,” he said on Thursday.
It caused a bit of a stir Thursday morning when it was revealed that Cooper had undergone an MRI on his injured knee. The Pro Bowl receiver tweaked it during Monday night’s win against New York, but he did manage to return to the game and score a 45-yard touchdown.
“I just went up for a ball and came down on it the wrong way,” he said of the issue.
The details of the situation aren’t exactly forthcoming. Cooper joked that he forgot what the medical staff told him – just that it was a manageable problem.
Of course, the injuries do start to stack up. Cooper dealt with a foot injury way back in training camp, and he’s been fighting an ankle problem for most of the season. There was also the quad bruise that forced him out of the Oct. 13 game against the New York Jets.
Adding a knee injury to the mix could be problematic, though Cooper said he wanted to see how he felt Friday before he tried to weigh in on it.
“It’s not really a question that I can answer right now until I start back practicing,” he said.
The goal is for Cooper to practice Friday, and multiple team officials have expressed optimism that he’ll be available on Sunday night against Minnesota. Cooper himself said he didn’t think the issue would hold him out completely.
Just how healthy he’ll be is something he’ll sort out in the coming days. For the time being, he’s doing what he can.
“I mean, I want to play, you know what I’m saying, to be able to put up numbers to help my team win,” he said. “Whatever I’ve got to do to do that, I’m cool with it.”