In the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Oakland, Amari Cooper was hit hard and knocked unconscious. He was, of course, knocked from the game, entering the concussion protocol. But that may not be the only injury hurdle Coop must clear in order to take the field next week when the Raiders take on the Giants.
Coop also is nursing a sprained ankle he suffered on the same play, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
On the play he suffered a concussion Sunday, Raiders WR Amari Cooper also sprained his ankle, per source. To play Sunday vs. Giants, Cooper will have to clear concussion protocol and recover from sprained ankle.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2017
Here is that hit if you missed it. It’s pretty scary, so viewer discretion is advised.
Amari Cooper is out. This video is not for the faint of heart. pic.twitter.com/dvRRnPMYDE— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) November 26, 2017
Cooper was able to walk away from this, thankfully. They brought the cart out for him, but he turned it down and came off the field with some assistance from trainers.
Broncos safety Darian Stewart was flagged for targeting a defenseless receiver on the play.
“It was a vicious hit,” said Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio. “The kind we’re trying to remove from our game, quite frankly. You see less and less of those. I’m sure the league will take a hard look at it. Those are the kinds of impact hits that don’t need to be a part of our game right now. The guy is clearly defenseless and got targeted right in the head. There’s a chance to hit in the strike zone and be somewhere else and not be there like that. But he is OK, he is in concussion protocol.”