Amari Cooper

Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #89
Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #89
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Amari Cooper News

Closes season with two catches

Cooper recorded two receptions on three targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Cooper was an afterthought in the Cleveland offense, out-targeted by the likes of both David Njoku and Donovan Peoples-Jones. He still recorded a par of chunk gains, highlighted by a 36-yard catch early in the fourth quarter. Cooper closed his first season in Cleveland just short of his career-high yardage total with 1,160, and he also chipped in nine touchdowns. While those are solid numbers, he could be in for a bigger 2023 campaign due to the benefit of playing with Deshaun Watson for all 17 games.

Jan 8, 2023 3:34 PM EST

Cleared for Week 18

Cooper (rest/hip) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Steelers after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Cooper continues to have his practice reps managed as the Browns' 2022 campaign winds down, but the team's top wideout will be available for Week 18 action. In this past Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders, Cooper recorded a 61 percent snap share, while catching three passes on four targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and the 28-year-old should continue to be a key target in Cleveland's passing game during this weekend's season finale.

Jan 6, 2023 11:56 AM EST

Practices in limited fashion

Cooper (hip/rest) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Even though Cooper's practice reps have been managed to some degree over the past month, his most recent absences or limitations have also been attributed to "rest." The way that Cooper has been listed on injury reports suggests the Browns aren't overly concerned with the hip issue, and the wideout shouldn't face many restrictions in the likely event he's cleared to play in Sunday's season finale in Pittsburgh. The 7-9 Browns aren't in contention for a playoff spot, but the opportunity to play spoiler to a division rival with postseason ambitions in addition to giving the receiver one final chance to build rapport with quarterback Deshaun Watson heading into the 2023 season should be reason enough for head coach Kevin Stefanski to hand Cooper something close to a normal snap count Sunday.

Jan 5, 2023 1:19 PM EST

Rested for first practice of week

Cooper (hip/rest) was held out of practice Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The addition of 'rest' for a third straight week suggests Cooper is in no danger of missing Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. He played through the hip injury the past two weeks, putting up a 6-72-0 receiving line against the Saints and then 3-105-2 versus Washington.

Jan 4, 2023 1:14 PM EST

Pair of touchdowns in Week 17

Cooper recorded three receptions on four targets for 105 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders.

Analysis: The Browns ran a very conservative offense, as Deshaun Watson attempted only 18 passes. As a result, Cooper was able to lead the team with only four targets, and he also made the most of his opportunity by turning in two long touchdowns of 46 and 33 yards. The effort marked both his first trips to the end zone and 100-yard performance since Week 11.

Jan 1, 2023 2:06 PM EST

Sheds injury designation

Cooper (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Washington, JP Finlay of NBC Sports reports.

Analysis: Cooper was kept out of practice Wednesday for rest purposes, but he logged limited sessions Thursday and Friday, which was enough to confirm his availability. His chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson has been slowly improving, as Cooper has raised his yardage total in each of Watson's first four starts, going from 40 in Week 13 to 72 in Week 16.

Dec 30, 2022 11:24 AM EST

Returns to practice

Cooper (rest/hip) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Cooper has been managing a hip issue of late, but his presence at practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session has him trending in the right direction ahead of Sunday's game against the Commanders. Friday's injury report will reveal whether the Browns' top wideout heads into the weekend with an injury designation or cleared to play, but assuming he's available, Cooper should remain busy versus Washington on the heels of catching six of his ten targets for 72 yards in this past Saturday's loss to the Saints.

Dec 29, 2022 12:08 PM EST

No practice to start week

Cooper (rest/hip) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The decision to list him as 'rest/hip' for a second straight week suggests Cooper is again in no danger of missing Cleveland's game. He was the only pass catcher to make any noise in Saturday's 17-10 loss to the Saints, though his 6-72-0 line would've been much better for fantasy managers if he hadn't slipped in the end zone and dropped an easy TD. In any case, Cooper has drawn 28.6 percent of the targets from Deshaun Watson so far, up a tick from 26.5 percent with Jacoby Brissett under center. The Browns simply haven't moved the ball well on offense, and they'll face a couple talented defenses to close out the season, first taking on the Commanders this Sunday and then the Steelers in Week 18.

Dec 28, 2022 1:44 PM EST

Double-digit targets in loss

Cooper secured six of 10 targets for 72 yards in the Browns' 17-10 loss to the Saints on Saturday.

Analysis: Cooper comfortably led the Browns in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the afternoon, serving as one of the few bright spots for Cleveland's passing attack in frigid conditions. The veteran's numbers were his best yet in four games with Deshaun Watson as his quarterback, and he'll aim to improve on them in a Week 17 road battle versus the Commanders on Jan. 1.

Dec 24, 2022 1:29 PM EST

Cleared for Saturday's game

Cooper (rest/hip) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Saints after logging a limited practice listing Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Cooper was listed as a 'DNP' on Tuesday and Wednesday's practice reports, as he continues to have his reps managed while he works through a hip issue. However, the Browns' top wideout will be available this weekend after having recorded a 73 percent snaps share in the team's Week 15 win over the Ravens en route to catching four of his six targets for a team-high 58 yards in a contest in which QB Deshaun Watson threw for 161 yards.

Dec 22, 2022 12:33 PM EST

Sits out practice

Cooper (rest/hip) didn't practice Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Cooper also managed a hip issue ahead of Week 15 action, before approaching this past Saturday's win over the Ravens minus an injury designation. With no reported setbacks in that contest, there's a solid chance the wideout will follow that pattern again in advance of this Saturday's game against the Saints.

Dec 21, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Held to 58 yards

Cooper recorded four catches on six targets for 58 yards in Saturday's 13-3 win over Baltimore.

Analysis: Cooper paced the Browns in yards and tied for the team lead in both receptions and targets. He also accounted for Cleveland's longest play from scrimmage with a 28-yard catch and run midway through the third quarter. Even with those positives, Cooper has failed to top 60 receiving yards in three of his last five games and has suffered from Cleveland's general lack of offense in recent weeks.

Dec 17, 2022 5:38 PM EST

Slated to play Saturday

Coach coach Kevin Stefanski noted that Cooper (hip) looked good in practice Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Though the Browns list Cooper as having a hip issue, Cabot reports that the starting wideout is working through a core muscle injury. The team's final injury report will confirm Cooper's official participation level at practice Thursday, but Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site relays that Cooper will not carry an injury designation ahead of Saturday's contest against the Ravens.

Dec 15, 2022 9:57 AM EST

Logs another DNP

Cooper (rest/hip) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Cooper was able to play through his hip issue this past weekend against the Bengals en route to recording 62 of a possible 72 snaps on offense and catching two of his seven targets in the contest for 42 yards. Following back-to-back 'DNP' listings, the wideout will presumably need to log a full practice Thursday in order to avoid carrying an injury designation into Saturday's game against the Ravens.

Dec 14, 2022 3:26 PM EST

Tabbed as non-participant

The Browns listed Cooper (hip) as a non-participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Cleveland didn't host a practice session Tuesday, but if the team had, Cooper would have been a spectator while he tends to a hip injury that he picked up in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. In addition to the hip issue, Cooper appears with a "rest" designation alongside his name on the injury report, so the Browns are seemingly still counting on him suiting up this Saturday against the Ravens. What Cooper is or isn't able to do on the practice field Wednesday and Thursday will ultimately have more sway with regard to his status for Saturday.

Dec 13, 2022 12:40 PM EST

Called day-to-day

Coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday that Cooper (hip) is day-to-day, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Cooper played through his hip injury during Sunday's loss to the Bengals, though he aggravated the issue on the first play and was ultimately limited to two catches for 42 yards on seven targets. The Browns face a short week before a Saturday matchup against the Ravens, so Cooper's status will be worth monitoring closely on practice reports.

Dec 12, 2022 9:35 AM EST

Plays through hip injury

Cooper aggravated a hip injury on the first play of Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Bengals, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Cooper, listed as questionable with a hip injury entering Sunday's game, was given a normal workload with 63 snaps (88 percent) but caught just two of seven targets. It would not be surprising to see Cooper on a similar path leading up to Week 15 against Baltimore. It's a short week, too, as the game will be played Saturday afternoon (4:30 PM EST), so those speculating on Cooper should be vigilant about the wideout's status throughout the week of preparation.

Dec 12, 2022 5:08 AM EST

Two catches in Week 14 loss

Cooper (hip) caught two of seven targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Cooper came into this one nursing a hip injury, but he quickly proved himself healthy enough to perform, catching Deshaun Watson's first pass of the game for an 18-yard gain. They connected only once more on six other attempts, though. Watson's still shaking off the rust, and Cooper has been negatively impacted as a result, mustering only 82 yards in Watson's two starts. The quarterback and wide receiver will both be looking to pick things up in Week 15 against the Ravens.

Dec 11, 2022 2:15 PM EST

Active, but potentially limited

Cooper (hip) is active Week 14 against the Bengals, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: While most signs leading up to Sunday suggested this would be the case, Cooper is in line to be on a "pitch count," per James Palmer of NFL Network. Whether or not this jeopardizes Cooper's WR1 status remains to be seen, though it could lead to more work for Donovan Peoples-Jones, who has seen 95 percent of snaps or greater in three consecutive weeks. Anthony Schwartz -- who is now on IR -- and David Bell were the only other wideouts to see snaps last week, while tight end David Njoku could garner a few targets as well in his return.

Dec 11, 2022 8:30 AM EST

Tabbed as game-time decision

Cooper (hip), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bengals, is being viewed as a game-time decision leading up to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport's report suggests Cooper's Week 14 status is more up in the air than a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN two and a half hours earlier, which implied that the receiver is expected to play Sunday in the absence of a pregame setback. At this stage, Cooper is probably more likely than not to play, but the coaching staff presumably wants to get a close look at the wideout during his morning workout before committing to him being available. Fantasy managers will get clarity on Cooper's status one way or the other when the Browns release their inactive list around 11:30 a.m. ET.

Dec 11, 2022 5:53 AM EST

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