According to Fisher, Cooper is “cutting it close” to being fully recovered for the Cowboys’ first day of training camp in Oxnard, Calif. on Thursday, July 22.
If Cooper isn’t available on July 22’s practice, Fisher mentions that the receiver would be expected to return “soon after.”
Last month, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Cooper may not be ready for training camp due to ankle irritation he’s dealing with.
Rapoport mentioned that Cooper planned to rest in the hope that his ankle issues would calm down.
Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy also mentioned that Cooper “is still working through” an ankle injury, which explains why he didn’t practice this spring. McCarthy did however say that he’s “hopeful” Cooper will be ready for the start of training camp.
Cooper, 27, is a former No. 4 overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Raiders traded him to the Cowboys for a first-round pick midway through the 2018 season.
Cooper played out the final year of his four-year, $22.7 million contract, as well as his fifth-year option which cost Dallas $13,924,000 for 2019. He was set to be an unrestricted free agent when he signed a five-year, $100 million contract with the Cowboys in 2020.
In 2020, Cooper appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and caught 92 passes for 1,114 yards receiving and five touchdowns.