Amari Cooper clears concussion protocol

Jun 13, 2017; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper (89) reacts during minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol after having missed last weekend’s game against the New York Giants. Despite clearing the protocol, he sat out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury that he suffered during the team’s game against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago.

Cooper suffered one of the season’s horrific hits, getting both concussed and injuring his ankle in the game against Denver. The Raiders defeated the Giants last weekend without their top two wide receivers, as Michael Crabtree was suspended for a game following his fight with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib the week prior.

During the 11 games he has appeared in during 2017, Cooper has caught just under half of the balls he has been targeted on. He has 42 catches for 499 yards and five touchdowns, having scored in each of his previous two games.

He may have some additional incentive to attempt to suit up this weekend against Kansas City for multiple reasons. He scorched the Chiefs secondary during their Week 7 matchup in October for 11 receptions, 210 yards and two touchdowns, by far his most dominant game of the season. Additionally, the team announced Wednesday that cornerback Marcus Peters would sit out the game after throwing an official’s flag into the stands during last weekend’s game against the New York Jets.

The Raiders are one of three teams in the AFC West to enter the week with a 6-6 record. Despite having a minus-29 point differential on the season, Oakland can end Week 14 on top of the division.

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