Amari Cooper Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis Irritation

August 13, 2019

Brady King
photo cred: AP Images

Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan, the radio station that is the official home of the Dallas Cowboys, confirmed reports that Amari Cooper is dealing with a heel ligament issue. Officially defined as a “heel bruise” for the injury report, Fisher’s source told him it was “plantar fascia irritation.” At least the injury is not a bone spur, something that would require minor surgery and even more recovery time. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).”

The treatment typically is rest, while soft-tissue physical therapy can help stimulate recovery. The thing about rest though is that it takes time. The Cowboys have time in August, but the season is fast approaching. 

A receiver needs his feet. Just ask Antonio Brown. 

Let’s take this discussion to the field. Is Michael Gallup good enough to be a #1 if Cooper can’t go? 

In 2016, Cooper struggled with plantar fasciitis. While we know Dak and Zeke’s health are not a cause for concern with their contract situations, Amari’s health could play a part in the negotiations. If it lingers throughout the year though, it would be a valid stance for the Cowboys to take that his foot issues affect his value.

Gallup has improved but you want him in single coverage as often as possible. You need a dominant X in the NFL, and Michael Gallup hasn’t proved his worth as the dominant X yet. Gallup needs to stay in his lane for his sophomore season.

The Amari Cooper trade is attributed as saving the Cowboys’ season. Most would argue that the Cowboys without Amari are worse than the Cowboys without Zeke. What about the Cowboys without both? 

The Cowboys should be worried.


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