The Eagles can’t stop getting good luck, even if they definitely didn’t need it anyway.
The Texans’ top wide receiver, Brandin Cooks, missed practice Wednesday, and has been labeled as questionable to appear in the team’s Thursday night matchup against the Eagles.
So far in 2022, Cooks has caught 354 yards and a single touchdown. While Cooks has only gotten above 70 yards in a single game twice, he’s still a viable threat.
So, is he injured? Perhaps not.
It’s not the biggest secret in the world that Cooks has been aching for a trade to get away from the 1-5-1 Texans. Despite his wishes, Houston kept the receiver, and he didn’t hold back in voicing his displeasure on Twitter:
Don’t take a man’s kindness for granted. Covered for the lies for too long those days are done. Crossed the line with playing with my career 🏹
— Brandin Cooks (@brandincooks) November 1, 2022
Cooks had previously missed practice on Tuesday due to “personal reasons,” though he’s also been listed as having a wrist injury. All things considered, there’s a fair chance the former first-round pick has quit on the team. It’s horrible timing for the Texans, who also ruled Nico Collins, their second-leading receiver, out.
Assuming Cooks is out, the only wide receivers left are:
- Phillip Dorsett (four receptions, 66 yards)
- Chris Moore (10 receptions, 128 yards)
- Tyron Johnson (zero receptions, zero yards)
The defense might walk away with first-degree murder tomorrow.
Cooks Was Also Looked At By The Cowboys
Not only is no Cooks trade good for the Eagles this week, but it might benefit them the rest of the season.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that the Texans and Cowboys were in discussions about Cooks, and were both “in the neighborhood” on compensation. However, the dealbreaker ended up being guaranteed salary.
If you’re keeping track at home, money has now not only costed Dallas Cooks, but was also the prime reason they offloaded Amari Cooper – who has 553 receiving yards and five touchdowns – to the Browns this past offseason.
Even if it’s clear the Eagles are significantly better than the 6-1 Cowboys, it’s always better that their rivals don’t improve mid-season. The quicker the Eagles are able to separate from the rest of their division, the sooner players will be able to rest more frequently.