The Cowboys are in a deep hole, and they’ve got to get out of it fast or risk missing the playoffs. They’ll have to do it without their star rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended six games by the NFL because he violated its personal conduct policy. But Dallas can still win this game with impressive offensive performances from Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.,
Jerry’s World hasn’t been too exciting lately. Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have lost three of their last four games after a 6-1 start to the season, with the lone win coming against the Atlanta Falcons. Amari Cooper has been on the COVID-19 reserve list for the previous two games, while Ezekiel Elliott was injured in the Thanksgiving overtime defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders.
On Thursday Night Football, the Cowboys will face the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are also on a losing skid and are dealing with a number of ailments of their own. The Cowboys, on the other hand, received some much-needed positive news before of Thursday’s game on a handful of important players while attempting to function without head coach Mike McCarthy, who was placed on the COVID-19 list himself.
With Amari Cooper back in the lineup and Ezekiel Elliott ready to go, the Cowboys are back to full strength.
Amari Cooper, the #Cowboys wide receiver, is expected to fly with the team to New Orleans today and play against the #Saints tomorrow night, according to a source. Cooper, who has never been vaccinated, tested positive for Covid and has missed the Cowboys’ previous two games, both of which they have lost.
December 1, 2021 — Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN)
The Cowboys were expected to be without Elliott for a long period only a few days ago. Cooper has his own worries after missing the previous two games. Cooper will be back on the field for the Cowboys now, barring any last-minute alterations.
With CeeDee Lamb missing the Thanksgiving matchup, Cedrick Wilson became Prescott’s go-to target in Cooper’s absence. In the OT defeat, Wilson had seven receptions for 104 yards and Michael Gallup had five catches for 106 yards.
Dallas scored nine points the week before against the Kansas City Chiefs, with Dallas Schultz leading the way with six catches for 53 yards.
Cooper’s arrival, along with Lamb’s, gives Prescott his normal core of pass-catchers for a game that must be won.
In the case of Elliott, his situation seemed to be deteriorating after a report from Ed Werder. Elliott, on the other hand, completed a full session, so the Cowboys’ weapons should be ready to go on Thursday.
For the second day in a row, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (concussion) were full participants in practice. DE The chest of Tarell Basham has been improved from limited to full.
Cedrick Wilson, the team’s wide receiver, has failed to practice this week due to an ankle injury.
30 November 2021 — Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL)
Except for Wilson’s ankle injury, this is all wonderful news for Dallas.
The Saints are dealing with their own ailments, but Taysom Hill is set to make his debut.
After weeks of watching Trevor Siemian start in the wake of Jameis Winston’s injury, Sean Payton seems to be reintroducing his favorite weapon to the lineup.
Taysom Hill has been out for a while due to different diseases, but he is now back after signing a lucrative new deal. The Saints, too, are in desperate need of a comeback.
The Saints have lost four consecutive games since Winston’s season-ending injury and are now out of the postseason race. Siemian hasn’t been spectacular, thus Hill will be tasked with reviving the offense.
After missing the Thanksgiving game, Alvin Kamara has been labeled as doubtful, which may be a major blow to the Saints.
For the #Saints–#Cowboys matchup: — New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill, who is expected to start, has worked completely this week on his injured foot and has no injury concerns. — Alvin Kamara, the running back, is uncertain. — Amari Cooper, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, is doubtful today.
December 1, 2021 — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
Regardless, this is a crucial game for New Orleans, who are looking to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.
The Cowboys need to get back on track, but they won’t be able to accomplish it without Mike McCarthy.
Mitchell Leff/Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images Taysom Hill and Dak Prescott
McCarthy will be out of the game against the Saints, and former head coach Dan Quinn will fill in for him. Quinn’s knowledge with New Orleans during his tenure as the Falcons’ head coach will undoubtedly help.
Regardless, this is a crucial game for both teams. In only a few weeks, the Saints have gone from Super Bowl contender to big question mark, and the Cowboys have gone from Super Bowl contender to major question mark.
McCarthy’s absence will be difficult, but the Cowboys have coped with other challenges this season. Prescott, Lamb, and Cooper have all lost time, and the list goes on.
For the time being, the Cowboys’ fortunes are on the mend.
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