One of the biggest pregame storylines for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday is the health of wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The veteran has been nursing a surprise knee injury in practice all week, and he appears to be on the unlikely side of suiting up against the New York Jets.
While fans are expecting the worst, it turns out Cooks may not be sidelined long.
Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports Cooks "should be OK" for Week 3's matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals. Gehlken also notes the vet has taken second-year pro Jalen Tolbert under his wing since arriving, which could help Dallas make up for Cooks' absence.
Cooks missing Sunday's contest would affect the Cowboys' offense in more ways than one. The perennial 1,000-yard threat is a great No. 2 to have alongside CeeDee Lamb who commands attention from opposing defenses, ensuring Lamb isn't covered up. Cooks' ability to impact games also opens up the field for Dallas' complementary pieces, allowing Dak Prescott to have an easier time getting the ball out to Tolbert and his tight ends.
Heading into a matchup with a top-end defense, having Cooks on the field would be massive for Prescott and company. Instead, it'll be on Tolbert and Michael Gallup to pick up the slack among the wideouts.
The good news is, the Jets are in a state of disarray after Aaron Rodgers' Achilles injury. Zach Wilson is the exact kind of mistake-prone player that the Cowboys' defense feasts against. If Dan Quinn's unit can control the game like it did in Week 1, then we could see another quiet day for the passing game, which would mitigate Cooks' absence if he doesn't suit up.
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