The Steelers will face Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper, who will tough it out with a groin injury that he aggravated on Saturday during practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported.
Joe Buck, the Play-by-Play commentator for Monday Night Football, noted that he expects to see Cooper on the field after a conversation with Kevin Stefanski earlier on Monday. That now comes to fruition, as Cooper will play and try it tough it out.
“They have Amari Cooper, who they think will play tonight,” Buck said. “I’m just telling you what Stefanski told us. I don’t know; maybe Stefanski didn’t read Schefty’s tweet.”
It is a notable diversion from the Adam Schefter tweet on Sunday that Cooper was not expected to play. Cooper did travel with the Browns to Pittsburgh, but even as of this morning, Brad Stainbrook of the Orange and Black Report noted Cooper still has pain and the Browns needed to see him test out his injured groin in pregame warmups. As such, he is an actual game-time decision that is deciding to tough it out for his team.
Last season, he had 132 targets, by far the most on the team, and also led the club in catches (78), yards (1,160), yards per reception (14.9), receiving touchdowns (nine) and first down receptions (61.)
Cooper joined the Browns in March 2022, coming over in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a pair of draft picks. He will count for $23.8 million against Cleveland’s salary cap this season and is under contract through the end of the 2024 season.