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Brandin Cooks ruled OUT for Week 14 vs. Cowboys

We break down the news that Brandin Cooks has a calf injury. What it means for Week 14 and beyond.

Brandin Cooks #13 of the Houston Texans lines up at the line of scrimmage against the Washington Commanders at NRG Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Cooks has been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. This was already going to be a difficult game for the Texans, but without Cooks and Nico Collins, the game gets that much tougher.

Friday update: Cooks was not seen at practice to start Friday, so it’s looking like he won’t practice again, which isn’t a good sign. Chances are Cooks won’t be playing against the Cowboys in Week 14. This could be another scenario in which the Texans are missing Cooks and Collins, so Chris Moore, Phillip Dorsett and even Amari Rodgers could get snaps/targets.

Thursday update: Cooks once again didn’t practice on Thursday and is looking doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. He’ll need to show some life on Friday to have a chance to play.

Week 14 of the NFL season will see the Houston Texans taking on the Dallas Cowboys. It will be a tough matchup for the Texans as they have to deal with the stout Cowboys’ defense. The Houston offense is going to need all the help it can get, especially as they turn the quarterback position back over to Davis Mills. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks missed last week’s game with a calf injury and is starting Week 14 off by not practicing.

Fantasy football implications for Week 13

The 1-10-1 Texans have a lot of issues, but Cooks is one of the lone bright spots. He has played in 10 games, and he has 44 receptions on 71 targets for 520 yards and a touchdown. Defenses can key on Cooks in the passing game, but he still finds ways to put together solid outings. From his anticipated workload, Cooks draws definite PPR value but even has upside in standard leagues if he can play without limitation. If he is inactive, Nico Collins would see an uptick in work in the offense but is too risky of a play to start in Week 14 fantasy football lineups.