Amari Cooper is the best wide receiver on the Cleveland Browns‘ roster by a considerable margin. However, the veteran wide receiver is no stranger to playing banged up — though he doesn’t often miss many games. But Cleveland’s top receiver left the field after being injured on an incomplete pass against the Rams. What do we know, and how could a prolonged absence change the Browns offense?
Amari Cooper Injury Update
Cooper left the game in the second quarter after a blow to the head on an incomplete pass. Although he frequently misses practices because of the chronic foot pain that he manages, he was limited this week because of a rib injury.
At first, it appeared he had re-aggravated that injury, but Rams safety Jordan Fuller contacted the side of Cooper’s head with his upper arm.
#Browns WR Amari Cooper exits the game for the locker room after taking a hit on this play.
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) December 3, 2023
After spending time in the blue medical tent, Cooper was seen on the broadcast heading to the locker room for further evaluation.
Update (5:58 p.m. ET): The Browns ruled Cooper OUT with a head injury.
Update (12/4): Head coach Kevin Stefanski spoke after the game about how Cooper’s injury provides others with an opportunity.
“When you lose a player it opens up opportunities for other guys,” he told reporters. “Ced [Cedrick Tillman] got some opportunities, obviously Elijah [Moore] slid into some of Ameri’s role. That’s why it’s really important for all of our players to be ready to step in any role.”
Cooper has seen four different players starting under center in 2023, but new QB Joe Flacco may have to figure out life without his top wideout if Cooper’s injury turns out to be significant. Before his injury, Cooper hauled in three of his five targets for 34 yards against the Los Angeles Rams.
Cooper has seen a drastic drop in his production since QB Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Look for David Njoku, Elijah Moore, and Cedric Tillman to potentially see an expanded role while Cooper is out of the lineup.
— PFN Fantasy Analyst Derek Tate