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Brandin Cooks downgraded at Week 1 Tuesday practice due to quadricep injury

The Texans could be without one of their big offseason additions in Week 1. We break down the latest on Brandin Cooks’ injury staus.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks hauls in a pass during pregame warmups before the Rams play the Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans square off on Thursday to open the 2020 NFL season, and the Texans are already dealing with a significant injury. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks was limited in practice on Monday due to a quadriceps injury, and was then downgraded to Did Not Practice on Tuesday.

The team will likely have a walkthrough on Wednesday for their final practice of the week. Cooks likely will show up as DNP or limited once again, and I suspect we see him as questionable or doubtful for Thursday’s game.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked on Tuesday about Cooks’ status. He played it coy, saying, “You’ll see who takes the field when we take the field on Thursday night,” according to reporter James Palmer.

If Cooks is unable to go on Thursday, Will Fuller, Randall Cobb, and Kenny Stills would be the starting trio of receivers. Fuller is the big play threat while Cobb is a strong PPR play. Stills is a flex option in deeper leagues, but consider other options.

If Cooks does play, it’s a roll of the dice. It seems like the kind of injury that could easily be aggravated. Ideally, Cooks is inactive and you don’t have to fret over that decision, but if he does play, you wouldn’t be faulted for sitting him in the opener.