The problems among Dallas Cowboys are getting bigger and bigger. Since the start of this week, we’ve seen tensions rising between Ezekiel Elliot and the owner Jerry Jones. Also, the latest info is suggesting that Amari Cooper suffered an unpleasant injury.
Cowboys fans and the organization had huge plans for the upcoming season. The team has shown quality and improvement during the previous campaign and was expected to take a step forward this year.
But instead of preparing for that step, the Cowboys are running around in a circle. Their starting running back and one of the best in the league (if not the best), Ezekiel Elliot doesn’t want to appear at the training camp until he receives a new deal.
Zeke is currently on a holdout and is practicing alone in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and doesn’t want to come back without a contract offer waiting for him. Some sources are saying that the player wats to have at least $15 million per season and that he wants a long-term deal, possibly four or more years.
But what complicated things in Jones’ recent, as he called it, a joke on Elliot’s account. The reporters approached him with a question about the player’s status, and the Cowboys’ owner behaved like he doesn’t know who are they talking about.
“Zeke who?” Jones answered ironically, smiling and winking.
The response from the other side came immediately. Elliot’s agent stated that Jones’ action wasn’t funny at all, and that the 77-year old showed disrespect toward his player.
“I didn’t think it was funny and neither did Zeke – we actually thought it was disrespectful,” Rocky Arceneaux the agent, told the media.
In the meantime, Jones didn’t accept those allegations, stressing out the fact that he never disrespected Elliot. He added that he deserved the right to have a joke with one of his best players.
“Look. I’ve earned the right with Zeke to joke,” Jones said. “Period. I’ve earned that.”
This could only make things worse in the Cowboys organization and decrease their chances of making some noise in the upcoming campaign.
But that is not the only bad news from their camp. Amari Cooper isn’t going to appear in the final two preseason tests against the Houston Texans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The fantastic wide receiver has problems with his foot and hasn’t been practicing since August 6.
He should be ready for the season opener against the New York Giants. Cooper has an issue with plantar fasciitis, which is bothering him for a long time. The player said that he even dealt with it during his college days.
"It's not a big deal."
WR Amari Cooper updates his injury status following Tuesday's #CowboysCamp practice.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 21, 2019
When asked does he has concerns that the injury might affect his performances, Cooper ruled out that possibility.
“I’m not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn’t matter,” Cooper said. “I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before.”
Still, it is a nasty issue, which isn’t causing for too much pain but can present a problem, because of his position and style of play.
Cooper came from the Oakland Raiders during the previous season, via trade. In exchange, the Raiders got a first-round draft choice at the 2019 NFL draft. Not having him on the team too, would be a disastrous situation for the Cowboys. The wide receiver is the three-time Pro Bowl, and one of the best in his position.
All in all, things are not looking great in Arlington, at all. Time is running out for Jerry Jones to react and to solve this situation. Dallas is in a tough spot regarding the salary cap space, as they have Dak Prescott’s contract too, and will have to sort things out with Cooper sometime in the future.
We’ll see how Jones handles this situation.