Brandin Cooks

Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #10
Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #10

Brandin Cooks News

Eclipses century mark in win

Cooks secured five of six targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 32-31 win over the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: If Sunday was indeed Cooks' swan song in Houston, he went out with a flourish. The veteran wideout led the Texans in receptions and receiving yards on the afternoon, and he had a key 30-yard grab on Houston's wild game-winning drive. Despite a somewhat tumultuous season that saw Cooks express his displeasure with not being traded to a contender at the deadline, the nine-year veteran posted a 57-699-3 line across 13 games despite the team's shaky quarterback situation. Cooks has a massive cap hit of over $26 million for 2023, so if he's indeed moving on as appears very likely, he's made a solid case heading into free agency.

Jan 8, 2023 3:17 PM EST

Reels in four receptions

Cooks caught four passes for 39 yards on seven targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: Cooks remains one of the league's better receivers in real life, but in fantasy football his impact is dulled by Houston's consistently poor quarterback play. The Texans attempted 44 passes Sunday but produced just 193 yards passing, and it's not easy for any receiver to thrive in circumstances like those. Cooks will hope to finish strong against Indianapolis in Week 18.

Jan 1, 2023 2:29 PM EST

Set to suit up Sunday

Cooks (personal) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.

Analysis: Cooks made an appearance on Thursday's practice report as a DNP due to personal reasons, but it won't stop him from being available for Week 17 action. He'll be facing a Jacksonville defense Sunday that contained him to four catches (on six targets) for a season-low 20 yards back in Week 5.

Dec 30, 2022 1:40 PM EST

Misses practice Thursday

Cooks did not participate in Thursday's practice and was listed as "Not Injury Related - Personal" on the Texans' injury report.

Analysis: It's good news that Cooks' absence is unrelated to the calf injury that forced him to miss three games before participating in last week's win over the Titans. He not only participated but caught the go-ahead touchdown. Houston offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton told Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle that he expects Cooks to practice Friday.

Dec 30, 2022 7:12 AM EST

Scores in return

Cooks recorded four catches on nine targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 19-14 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Cooks played for the first time since Week 12, and he drew nine targets on 32 pass attempts combined between the Texans' quarterbacks. He was inefficient with his opportunity overall, though he caught the game-winning score from six yards away late in the fourth quarter. Cooks also chipped in a 16-yard catch early in the third quarter to account for his longest gain of the day. He should retain a significant role in the Houston offense for the rest of the season, though poor quarterback play will likely mean he doesn't make a consistent statistical impact.

Dec 24, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Making return Saturday

Cooks (calf) is active for Saturday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Even though Cooks was listed as questionable heading into Saturday, he never appeared to be at much risk of missing a fourth straight game after he closed Week 16 prep with two consecutive full practices. With Nico Collins (foot) out for the season, Cooks should step back in as Houston's undisputed No. 1 receiver the rest of the way, with the likes of Chris Moore, Phillip Dorsett and Amari Rodgers providing depth behind him. Over his first 10 appearances this season, Cooks averaged 4.4 receptions for 52 yards on 7.1 targets per contest, but he found the end zone just once.

Dec 24, 2022 8:52 AM EST

Questionable, should play Saturday

Cooks (calf) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game in Tennessee, but he's expected to be available to play, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Analysis: Cooks has been sidelined for the Texans' last three games with the calf injury, but after returning to practice in a limited fashion Tuesday before logging full workouts Wednesday and Thursday, he should be ready to play Saturday without any major restrictions. With Houston ruling out Nico Collins (foot) for the Week 16 contest, Cooks should slot back in as the Texans' clear No. 1 wideout, rejoining a position group that also includes Chris Moore (foot), Phillip Dorsett and Amari Rodgers. Prior to his three-game absence, Cooks compiled a 44-520-1 receiving line on 71 targets through 10 appearances.

Dec 22, 2022 2:10 PM EST

Upgrades to full practice

Cooks (calf) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: He's thus set to play for the first time since Week 12 when the Texans face the Titans on Saturday. Cooks could jump right back in as the top target for Davis Mills, especially with Nico Collins (foot) missing another practice Wednesday and Phillip Dorsett coming off a zero-catch, one-target showing on 54 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Chris Moore has emerged as the top target of late, getting more snaps on the perimeter the past three weeks after being largely slot-based for most of the season.

Dec 21, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Deemed limited practice participant

The Texans listed Cooks (calf) as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Cooks concluded last week with two consecutive limited practices, but he was ultimately ruled out ahead of Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs, marking his third straight absence. While the Texans' decision to list Cooks as a limited participant to begin Week 16 prep suggests he hasn't suffered any sort of setback, the veteran wideout may need to upgrade to full activity by Thursday to boost his odds of playing Saturday at Tennessee. At this stage of the week, the statuses of Houston's top three receivers are in flux, as Nico Collins (foot) was a non-participant Tuesday while Chris Moore (foot) joined Cooks as a limited participant.

Dec 20, 2022 3:15 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 15

Cooks (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: With Nico Collins (foot) also having been ruled out, Chris Moore, Phillip Dorsett and Amari Rodgers are in line to serve as Houston's top three receivers once again this weekend. Cooks' next chance to return to action will arrive a week from Saturday against the Titans.

Dec 16, 2022 1:13 PM EST

Reportedly not expected to play

Cooks (calf) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs, according to Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston.

Analysis: Cooks returned to a limited practice Thursday, but it appears as though the Texans may err on the side of caution with the veteran wideout this weekend. Also not expected to play Sunday, per Wilson, are fellow WR Nico Collins (foot) and RB Dameon Pierce.

Dec 16, 2022 12:50 PM EST

Looks fast in return to practice

Cooks (calf) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Aaron Wilson of relays that offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton noted that Cooks -- who has missed the past two games with a strained calf muscle --"looked fast" in his return to the practice field. After initial skepticism with regard to Cooks' chances of suiting up Sunday against the Chiefs, the veteran wideout's ability to log a limited practice Thursday now presumably gives him a chance to return to action this weekend.

Dec 15, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Returns to practice Thursday

Cooks (calf) was present for practice Thursday and appeared to be going through drills in full pads in the portion of the session that was open to the media, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: On Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reported that Cooks was trending toward missing his third straight game Sunday against the Chiefs after going down as a non-participant in the Texans' first Week 15 practice session. While Cooks could still end up being sidelined Sunday, his return to practice Thursday leaves the door open for him to put his streak of absences to an end. The Texans will disclose after Thursday's session whether Cooks was a limited or full participant.

Dec 15, 2022 7:44 AM EST

Likely to miss third straight game

Cooks (calf) is expected to miss his third straight game Sunday against the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Analysis: After missing the Texans' previous two contests, Cooks didn't take the practice field Wednesday for the team's first Week 15 session. Wilson's report suggests Cooks isn't likely to make enough progress in the next two days to put himself in position to play Sunday, so Houston could once again have to get by with a depleted receiver group. Wilson reports that fellow starting wideout Nico Collins (foot) is also trending toward missing a second straight game this weekend, likely leaving Chris Moore, Phillip Dorsett and Amari Rodgers to serve as Houston's starting receivers once again. Moore was the standout performer of the trio in last Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Cowboys, finishing with 10 receptions for 124 yards on 11 targets.

Dec 15, 2022 6:32 AM EST

Remains sidelined Wednesday

Cooks (calf) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Nor did Nico Collins (foot), which clouds the status of the two wideouts as Sunday's game against the Chiefs approaches. If one or both remain out this weekend, Chris Moore, Phillip Dorsettand Amari Rodgers would once again be in line to see added/snaps targets in Week 15.

Dec 14, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 14

Cooks (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: The same applies to Nico Collins (foot), which sets the stage for Phillip Dorsett and Chris Moore to work as Houston's top wideouts Sunday in QB Davis Mills' return to the starting lineup. Cooks and Collins' next chance to see game action will arrive in Week 15, when the Texans host the Chiefs on Dec. 18.

Dec 9, 2022 2:01 PM EST

Absent from practice Friday

Cooks (calf) is not participating in practice Friday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cooks is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Cowboys, as Aaron Wilson of reported Thursday, and his missing a third straight practice would seem to affirm that notion. With Nico Collins (foot) also potentially trending in the wrong direction for Week 14, Davis Mills could be short staffed in his return to the starting role. Phillip Dorsett, Chris Moore and Amari Rodgers may have to step up as the Texans' top receivers on Sunday.

Dec 9, 2022 7:12 AM EST

Could miss another game

Cooks (calf) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Cowboys, according to Aaron Wilson of

Analysis: Per Wilson, Nico Collins (foot) is also a candidate to miss the contest, and if both players are out this weekend, Phillip Dorsett and Chris Moore would next in line for the Texans' Week 14 wideout snaps. Added clarity with regard to status of Cooks -- who didn't play last week against the Browns -- should arrive no later than Friday, once Houston's final injury report is posted.

Dec 8, 2022 12:04 PM EST

Misses another practice

Cooks (calf) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Nico Collins (foot) and if one or both of the Texans' top two wideouts are out or limited Sunday against the Cowboys, Phillip Dorsett and Chris Moore would be in line for added Week 14 snaps. Cooks, who missed last weekend's loss to the Browns, is averaging 4.4 catches for 52 yards and has scored one TD through 10 games thus far this season.

Dec 8, 2022 8:28 AM EST

Not practicing to begin week

Cooks (calf) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Cooks may have picked up the calf issue in last Thursday's practice, when he was listed as a limited participant before sitting out Friday's session entirely and then being ruled out in advance of Sunday's eventual loss to the Browns. The wideout's continued absence from practice to begin Week 14 prep doesn't bode well for his initial chances of suiting up this Sunday in Dallas, but the Texans will see what kind of progress -- if any -- he makes during their next two practices before deciding on his status.

Dec 7, 2022 7:13 AM EST

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