Surprise Name Pops Up on Cowboys' First Week 2 Injury Report

A surprise name has appeared on the Dallas Cowboys' first Week 2 injury report.
A surprise name has appeared on the Dallas Cowboys' first Week 2 injury report. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys more than took care of business in the season opener. Now they're on to Week 2, where they draw a New York Jets team reeling from the recent loss of Aaron Rodgers.

However, as Dallas begins prep for Sunday's matchup, one surprise name has appeared on their injury report.

Brandin Cooks logged a DNP on Wednesday due to a knee problem, according to the team. Now, Wednesdays are a common "vet day," where long-tenured players are allowed to sit because the team doesn't want to put key players at risk ahead of a game.

However, head coach Mike McCarthy revealed Cooks was injured during the 40-0 shellacking of the New York Giants. McCarthy added the perennial 1,000-yard threat will do "a little bit" on Thursday.

There's a couple of ways to read this. It could be nothing, and the Cowboys are just letting the veteran recover if he's a tad sore. The good news is this problem didn't force him to exit against the Giants, which seems to indicate it may not be a big deal.

Obviously, a knee injury to an important pass-catcher is still concerning, though. Dallas also didn't hold practice on Wednesday, so there's no telling how Cooks will feel once he's going at full speed and taking hits again. Based on McCarthy's comments, the Cowboys are exercising some caution, so there's at least something going on.

Perhaps fans who are in a panic will be calmed by Cooks' assessment on Wednesday. He said he "feels good" and if he's back on the practice field, then that's a good sign he has "no limitations."

This simply is a matter of playing the waiting game. Thursday's practice will give a better indication of where Cooks is at, but a DNP still isn't the nail in the coffin. Friday's status is the one to watch here as kickoff draws closer.

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