Why does the Cowboys’ Amari Cooper not play on Thanksgiving vs. the Raiders?

Dak Prescott will be without at least one of his favorite goals on Turkey Day.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper will be absent from the field, the second game in a row that Cooper will miss as he is currently out of the game due to the NFL’s coronavirus protocols.

In nine games, Cooper has grabbed 44 passes for 583 yards as part of the Cowboys’ strong passing attack, his fourth season in Dallas after being traded by the Raiders in 2018.

Now he wants to use his potential Thanksgiving revenge game away from the grid and away from the Cowboys as a whole. Here’s why:

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Why does Amari Cooper not play on Thanksgiving?

On November 19, Cooper was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list, forcing him to miss the Cowboys’ Week 11 matchup vs. Chiefs and also their week 12 Thanksgiving matchup with the Raiders.

Cooper, who is unvaccinated, must remain in quarantine for 10 days before he can potentially return to the team. He could potentially return to the field for Dallas’ Week 13 matchup against the Saints.

The NFL’s COVID-19 guidelines for unvaccinated players require that they miss a minimum of 10 days and must be asymptomatic and test negative twice at 24-hour intervals before being eligible to return to the court.

Players who have received the coronavirus vaccine should test negative twice within 24 hours and remain asymptomatic, but are not subject to any mandatory quarantine process.

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Along with Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb, Cooper plays a massive role in Cowboy’s passing attack and was in the process of cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth season in a row before being placed on the COVID list.

On the way into the Thanksgiving match vs. Raiders, the Cowboys may also be without second-year wideout Lamb, who entered into a concussion protocol in the second quarter of the Chiefs-Cowboys game on Sunday.

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