(CTN News) – Amari Cooper, the wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, may not be able to play in Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Cooper’s status is uncertain due to a heel injury. While he remains hopeful that he can play, Amari Cooper will have a better understanding closer to kickoff.
Cooper’s last performance was exceptional, with 11 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns, setting a new record for the Browns’ single-game receiving yardage.
He has been a key player in Cleveland’s offense, contributing to their three-game winning streak and their strong 10-5 record, which puts them in a good position for the playoffs.
Cooper’s success this season has coincided with the arrival of veteran quarterback Joe Flacco, who took over as the team’s starter after Deshaun Watson’s season-ending injury.
The Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback, who was signed off the street, has been performing exceptionally well, with a record of 3-1. His main objective has been to get the ball to Amari Cooper, the team’s star wide receiver.
In the last three games, Flacco has targeted Amari Cooper an impressive 37 times, resulting in 22 catches for 451 yards and three touchdowns.
Cooper has been a standout player throughout the season, leading the team with 1,250 receiving yards. He has also recorded 72 receptions and five receiving touchdowns, second only to tight end David Njoku.
Furthermore, Cooper’s average of 17.4 yards per catch is the highest of his nine-year NFL career.
Having been a Pro Bowler four times in the past, Amari Cooper has now achieved the 1,000-yard receiving mark for two consecutive years. Last season, he finished with 1,160 yards as the primary wide receiver for Jacoby Brissett and Watson.
If Cooper is unable to play in the upcoming game against the formidable Jets defense, Flacco will likely rely heavily on Njoku as his top passing option.
In terms of wide receivers, Elijah Moore, Cedric Tillman, and David Bell will be expected to take on more significant roles.
Regardless of Amari Cooper’s availability, the Browns are expected to be the favorites in their home game against the 6-9 Jets. A victory would secure a playoff spot for the Browns for the first time since 2020 and only the second time in the past 21 seasons.