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Raiders hope to have Amari Cooper against Eagles

Amari Cooper

The 6-8 Oakland Raiders are unlikely to go back to the playoffs a year after making it that far. In any case, they still want to give their fans a nice present on Christmas Day – a win over the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles. Their chances of accomplishing just that should go up if wide receiver Amari Cooper is there to make-then-take catches downfield.

Cooper didn’t practice Thursday because of a nagging ankle injury, but Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is hoping the wide receiver would still be able to give it a go on Monday, per Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Gate.

Cooper was among 11 players who did not participate in Thursday’s practice. The Raiders do hope to have Cooper active Monday for their prime-time Christmas Day game against the Eagles, head coach Jack Del Rio said.

“We hope to get him back to practice and have a good week of practice and then be ready to go Monday night,” Del Rio said.

Cooper hasn’t been 100 percent since suffering a high ankle sprain during Week 12’s home win over the Denver Broncos. Cooper would miss Week 13’s game against the New York Giants. He would play in just 14 snaps in Week 14 opposite the Kansas City Chiefs before getting sidelined again last Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys.

On the season, Cooper has 499 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns on 42 catches.