Jerry Jones has taken a jab at his star wide receiver for refusing to get the jab.
With the Cowboys playing the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving, Amari Cooper will miss his second consecutive game due to NFL COVID protocols. Testing positive for the virus while unvaccinated means a 10-day quarantine.
Jones, speaking with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, expressed frustration about how Cooper’s vaccination status has impacted the team.
“Amari Cooper is outstanding. He’s one of the highest-character guys that you will ever be around in any area. He’s outstanding in his introspect and how he does things,” Jones said. “Nobody is saying he isn’t outstanding, but this is a classic case of how it can impact a team. At the end of the day, this is team. You cannot win anything individually. … The point is, it popped us. This did pop us.”
If Cooper were vaccinated, he would have been eligible to return if he was asymptomatic for 48 hours and had two negative tests 24 hours apart.
Legendary former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin also had some choice words for Cooper.
“I’m absolutely hot about it,” Irvin told TMZ earlier this week. “Are you joking?!”
Irvin opined that Cooper’s considerable salary made the decision more baffling.
“I got a guy who makes $21 million on the bench at home not 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 for 583 yards and five touchdowns in nine games. Dallas is 7-3 and in first place in the NFC East.