Amari Cooper injury update: Raiders WR clears concussion protocol

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The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to having wide receiver Amari Cooper play for them on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Given the boost to his season stats that his last performance against the Kansas City Chiefs provided, Amari Cooper is likely doing everything in his power to play on Sunday.

The Oakland Raiders wide receiver put up 43 percent of his receiving stats on the year against the Chiefs in their first meeeting in Oakland back in Week 7. This time around, the Chiefs will be without star cornerback Marcus Peters, which should make plays even more open for Cooper, if he can play.

Therein lies the question for the Raiders top receiver: whether or not he can overcome being in the concussion protocol as well as deal with a sore ankle.

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Fortunately for Cooper, one issue is now out of the way entirely with the report that he’d cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol. Unfortunately,   even if he’s able to heal up enough to play, since it’s the sort of injury that can flare up on any cut move on even a simple route.

Cooper and Michael Crabtree and company will be facing a decimated Chiefs secondary. Eric Berry is long gone for the season due to an Achilles injury. Marcus Peters is sitting due to his own attitude and behavior for a game. The rest of the rotation—Kenneth Acker, Terrance Mitchell, Steven Nelson, Phillip Gaines—has struggled all year long as it is, let alone leaving them to cover the entire field.

Will Cooper earn another 200 yards receiving? That would be ridiculous and yet one look at the Chiefs pass defense makes you wonder how the Chiefs will actually stop it from happening.