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Amari Cooper has been fined $ 14,650 by the NFL for violating the league’s COVID-19 policy. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Cooper broke the policy after he failed to wear a mask during a Dallas Mavericks game as an unvaccinated player. According to league policy, unvaccinated players can attend sporting events as long as they wear a mask, are seated in a luxury suite, and are not surrounded by more than 10 people.
The Cowboys wide receiver has missed two games this season after testing positive for COVID-19. In 15 games this season, the triple Pro Bowler has caught 68 of 104 targets for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. His production came to a halt from the previous two seasons, when he averaged 86 receptions for 1,153 yards and seven touchdowns.
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Cooper admitted he was embarrassed by his lack of targets this season.
“We’re not really as explosive as we should be,” Cooper said of the Cowboys offense. “We don’t convert a lot of their turnovers into touchdowns. A lot of them are field goals. And I feel like I could be a big part of that, so that’s what frustrates me… I think I can do more in the red zone if I get targets. I can do more on the third try if I get the targets. To help offense be what we need to be, I think I can. definitely help change that. “
Cooper has change to get his money back in Sunday’s playoff game against the 49ers. Players on the winning team receive $ 21,000, while the losing team earns $ 19,000.