When Brandin Cooks dons his sport jersey once more at present, one thing can be lacking – the “C” close to his proper shoulder.
The Texans revoked the veteran extensive receiver’s captaincy in response to his private and non-private criticism of the workforce after they did not commerce him throughout the commerce deadline, sources stated in current days.
Cooks missed Houston’s closing sport — a 29-17 loss to the Eagles on November 3 — after he missed follow that week for what the workforce referred to as private causes. Sources stated on the time that the Texans have been permitting Cooks to regroup and clear his thoughts earlier than returning to the ability forward of at present’s sport in opposition to the Giants.
“Do not underestimate a person’s kindness,” Cooks tweeted three minutes after the commerce deadline expired. “Lined for lies too lengthy, these days are over. I’ve crossed the road of taking part in with my profession.”
Sources say Texans coach Lovie Smith, who declined to enter element about Cooks’ scenario whereas out of the workforce, was notably upset with Cooks for publicly airing his grievances.
Nonetheless, the hope on the finish of the workforce was that Cooks would return with the identical focus and work ethic that he had beforehand proven. He did and can subsequently be again on the sphere of play at MetLife Stadium at present, however not as a workforce captain. A supply stated the wrist harm that triggered Cooks to be restricted in follow final week and listed as questionable within the harm report won’t have an effect on his taking part in time.
“Man, I am human,” Cooks stated Nov. 10, in his first media feedback since returning to the workforce. “I am pissed off, completely. I wish to win. That is not the case. That is what’s taking place. That is how I categorical my feelings.
“I feel all of us wish to win. We’re all pissed off in a roundabout way. That is the place I am at.”
Cooks would seemingly have been signed to a rival workforce if not for the totally assured $18 million he’s receiving in 2023 as a part of a two-year extension he signed with the Texans this spring. Receiving that cash and sending vital draft decide compensation to Houston triggered some groups to say no the worth.
Negotiations are anticipated to renew subsequent offseason as soon as negotiations may be completed at the beginning of the league yr in March. For now, although, Cooks is in Houston.
Simply not with the identical workforce captain place he as soon as had.