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‘Individually you gain nothing’

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walked a thin line on Tuesday about the unvaccinated status of recipient “Amari Cooper” and how it affected his team in a 19-9 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, which saw the team’s violation sputtered.

Cooper tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Under NFL protocols requiring a 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated players, the recipient missed the Chiefs’ game and Thursday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. In his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones praised Cooper for his character, while saying no words to what Cooper’s absence meant.

“Amari Cooper is excellent. He’s one of the most characterful guys you’ll ever come across in any field. He’s excellent in his introspection and how he does things,” Jones said. “Nobody’s saying he’s not outstanding, but this is a classic case of how it can affect a team. Ultimately, this is a team. You can’t win anything individually. … The point is, it popped us. This made us pop .”

Jones said Cooper probably could have played the Chiefs had he been vaccinated. Asked directly if he was disappointed in Cooper, Jones said: “If I have a tone I shouldn’t do it. (But) the facts are, it’s a ‘we’ thing when you walk into the locker room. Counting on it to carry their weight. Everyone expects that. They look at each other. They understand their rights. They do, so do we. Everyone understands our rights and our options when it comes to those rights.”

Cooper is the team’s second most important receiver (44 catches, 583 yards, five TDs) behind CeeDee Lamb´╗┐, who currently has a concussion. If approved by the COVID-19 protocols, Cooper would be eligible to return to the Cowboys lineup for a Week 13 road game on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. At least the Cowboys offense will continue without him until then, but Jones pointed out one silver lining: Cooper’s absence gives him a better chance of healing from a hamstring injury that hampered the former first-round draft pick.

“He gets two weeks rest on that ham,” Jones said, “so that’s a positive.”