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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper fined after attending Mavericks game on field and unmasked

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper fined after attending Mavericks game on field and unmasked

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Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is facing a fine after attending the Dallas Mavericks game on Wednesday, January 5.

Cooper was fined $14,650 by the NFL after violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Since Cooper is not vaccinated, he is not allowed to sit on the field during games, especially without a mask. The rules state that unvaccinated players must sit in a luxury suite and not be around more than 10 people. CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys’ top receiver this season, accompanied Cooper to the game. But since Lamb is vaccinated, he doesn’t face similar discipline.

The $14,650 fine is also the same amount Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was fined in November after it was discovered he broke multiple COVID-19 rules.

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It’s not the first time this season that Cooper has been sitting up close at a sporting event. Cooper was on the sidelines in the college football playoff semifinal on Dec. 31 to watch Alabama, his alma mater, take on Cincinnati. Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs accompanied Cooper, but like Lamb, Diggs is vaccinated and not fined.

The Cowboys will face the 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 16 in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. Ironically, after the Cowboys’ final regular season game against the Eagles last Saturday, Cooper was asked what precautions he would take to not test positive before the playoffs started.

“You don’t want to get sick. This is the tournament. We train so hard in the offseason, OTAs, camp, to get to this point. We’ve achieved that goal so far,” Cooper said. , via ESPN. “We’re going to do everything we can not to get sick. If that means isolation, then that’s what it means. Hopefully we can isolate ourselves enough not to catch it.”

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Cooper already tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the season and missed two games due to rules in place for unvaccinated players. Thereafter, Cooper will not have to be tested daily during the Super Bowl. However, the NFL recently established a new testing policy in which it only tests players when they are symptomatic, but also chooses random players to test.

With updated quarantine rules the NFL put in place several weeks ago, Cooper would only have to self-isolate for five days if he tests positive and is asymptomatic. Even with this shortened isolation period, the Cowboys can’t afford to lose their second-best receiver this postseason.

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In 15 games this season, Cooper has completed 68 of 104 targets for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. Cooper has exceeded 1,000 receiving yards four times in his career, including the last two years with the Cowboys.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper fined after attending Mavericks game on field and unmasked

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