Saints Send Brandin Cooks to Injured Reserve
The New Orleans Saints should be happy to know that Brandin Cooks ended up being everything they thought he’d be when they spent a first round draft pick on him in May’s 2014 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, they’re only getting him for 10 games. Per reports, a thumb injury Cooks sustained in the Saints’ week 11 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals will end his season.
A break in Cooks’ thumb was initially supposed to only keep him out roughly 2-4 weeks, but that timetable was quickly escalated to a 4-6 week absence until the Saints ultimately elected to have Cooks go under the knife to make sure his thumb would heal completely.
Surgery meant the end of Cooks’ rookie year, and it’s arguably the right call with a 4-6 Saints squad floundering in the weak NFC South. While losing Cooks is a downer any way you look at it, the rook still impressed in his first season as a pro, displaying awesome athletic ability and solid versatility.
Cooks finishes his first NFL season with 53 receptions for 550 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while also adding 73 rushing yards and a fourth score on the ground.
The team will move forward with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills at wide receiver, while Drew Brees and co. are certain to lean harder than ever on stud tight end, Jimmy Graham.
It would have been nice to keep Cooks on the active roster and it’s somewhat surprising the Saints are mailing it in on Cooks despite being very much alive in the race for their division, as well as a playoff spot.
Naturally, losing such an explosive weapon hurts their chances at securing the AFC South title, while a wild card playoff spot is out of the question if they can’t take the division.
The Saints still stand a very good chance to sneak into the playoffs by winning their division crown, however, as they sit atop the NFC South, tied with the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta currently holds the tie breaker thanks to a week one win over the Saints, but New Orleans gets another crack at them in week 16 and also has two other key NFC South battles left on the schedule that could help dictate whether or not they have a playoff future.
New Orleans is at least going to make a run at the playoffs as the season wears on, but it sadly will be a journey without their top rookie.
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