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Browns WR Amari Cooper injury: What status means for Wild Card Round vs. Texans

Browns WR is dealing with a heel injury going into the Wild Card Round vs. Houston Texans. We provide the latest updates with analysis.

Amari Cooper #2 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the field prior to an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns will hit the road to take on the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round of the 2024 NFL Playoffs. The Browns earned the No. 5 seed as the conference’s best team that didn’t win a division. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco helped this team surge to the playoffs down the stretch of the season, and there was a worry that wide receiver Amari Cooper would miss the game due to a heel injury.

Cooper did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday but was upgraded to a full practice participant on Thursday. He avoided the injury report and should be good to go, barring any setbacks in pre-game warmups.

2024 NFL Playoff injury report

Update — Cooper is officially active for the Wild Card game vs. the Texans on Saturday.

Amari Cooper impact

Cooper played in 15 games this season. He brought in 72 of his 128 targets for 1,250 yards and five touchdowns. Cooper led the team in receiving yards, but tight end David Njoku surpassed him in receptions (81) and touchdowns (six). Still, Cooper is quarterback Joe Flacco’s top option and will look to continue the success he had against Houston’s defense in Week 16 when he finished with a franchise record for receiving yards in a single game with 265.

NFL DFS analysis

Cooper is the most expensive Browns player for this DFS matchup on Saturday and the second-most expensive overall behind Texans QB C.J. Stroud. The wide receiver will cost $16,200 to roster as a captain, but that drops down to $10,800 as a flex. Cooper has a tough matchup as, despite his earlier success against them, Houston’s defense allows the 10th-fewest DFS points per game to opposing wide receivers.