NFL Rumors: Cowboys' Jerry Jones, Michael Irvin Rip Amari Cooper Over Vaccination Status

Ernesto Cova

Even though the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the best teams in the NFL this season, there's always the feeling that it can all go downhill in the blink of an eye.

America's Team has struggled to replicate its success from the past and some are still skeptical about this revamped squad.

That's why they should leave no room for error. And having a star like Amari Cooper missing games over not being vaccinated for COVID-19 is the complete opposite of that.

Michael Irvin Calls Out Amari Cooper

That's why Cowboys legend Michael Irvin was so furious at the Alabama product, calling him out for not putting the team ahead of his personal choices:

"I don't know what word to put on it, but I am absolutely hot about it," the three-time Super Bowl champion told TMZ. "Are you joking? I got a guy named Cedrick Wilson catching passes who makes $2 million and a guy named Noah Brown who makes $1 million? And I got a guy who makes $21 million, on the bench, at home, not playing. It's crazy."


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Super Bowl Has To Be The Biggest Priority

The 5-time Pro-Bowler went on to add that winning is of the utmost importance for any team. Therefore, every single player should be in line and do everything they can to avoid missing time:

"Our job as athletes is to try to remove any reason of not winning the Super Bowl," Irvin added. "It's why I condition, so fatigue isn't the reason that I lose the Super Bowl. It's why I go over plays a million times, so that a mistake is not the reason why I lose the Super Bowl. You have to try to mitigate any issue that can cost you a game or a Super Bowl. And COVID is one of them. You go get vaccinated to try to mitigate it as best you can."

"Now, you can still get it after you get vaccinated, but it's a different percentage chance of you getting it. And I need you to get that different percentage chance. I'm so hot for Amari Cooper not being on that," he concluded.

Jerry Jones Seems Disappointed In Cooper

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who had previously urged his players to get the vaccine, was also disappointed in Cooper for not putting his teammates and the franchises' goal first:

“I’m just, again, I said it early. You check ‘me’ at the door in a football team,” Jones said on KRLD-FM, per ClutchPoints. “It is a ‘we’ thing when you walk into the locker room, and anybody is being counted on to pull his weight. Everybody expects that. Everybody understands our rights and our options as it pertains to those rights. But, if you forget that it’s a ‘we’ thing and how important your part is"

The Cowboys Will Be Decimated On Thanksgiving

Now, the Cowboys will have to make a quick turnaround on a short week following a terrible offensive display against the Chiefs.

They'll go against the Raiders on Thanksgiving without their top-two wideouts, as CeeDee Lamb will also be on the sidelines with a concussion.

On top of that, Ezekiel Elliott continues to be limited with a knee issue, so he's not expected to have his usual workload on Thursday's game.

The Cowboys continue to be on top of the NFC East but they need to widen the gap with the Eagles trying to make a run at the division as well.