The Dallas Cowboys have been getting hit hard after placing several star players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Among them was star linebacker Micah Parsons, who will miss Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was one of many who attended a recent Dallas Mavericks game earlier this week. Parsons tested positive for the virus days later.
Amari Cooper is now facing possible punishment since he also attended a game with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and was allegedly not wearing a mask. According to a report from insider Clarence Hill, Cooper “faces a potential fine by the NFL for violating the league’s COVID protocols for unvaccinated players.”
Via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“According to the NFL’s 2021 regular season protocols, “A player who is not fully vaccinated is prohibited from attending a professional sporting event and unless he is seated in a separated seating section, such as a suite or owner’s box, is wearing PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in that separate seating section.”
A violator can be fined $14,650. Per an NFL spokesman, Cooper falls into that category but declined to comment on whether he will be fined.”
Parsons will finish the season with 13 sacks, 1.5 sacks behind Jevon Kearse’s NFL rookie record.
“Who knows if that’s where he got it from,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said, via Hill. “No one can pinpoint or truly detect where we’re picking it up, where people are getting it from right now. But we can do the best we can of controlling our surroundings.
“I’ve told you before, we’ve just got to be cautious, protecting yourself, trying to stay away from the big crowds, limiting the people you’re around and doing all the things you can to control it, something we obviously don’t have our fingers on or have control of this thing or even an idea of how not to get it right now. Just do the best you can to prevent yourself.”
Entering Week 18, Cooper ranks third on the Cowboys in receiving with 786 yards and eight touchdowns on 63 catches. He will finish the regular season having produced his lowest output since 2017.