The San Diego Chargers say they will place Cooper on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday with a biceps injury.|||||||
Cooper was hurt in an exhibition game on Aug. 21. Coach Norv Turner originally said Cooper would have surgery, but he ended up playing in the first five games.
The Chargers agreed to a one-year contract with Cooper on Friday.|||||||
Cooper, 31, played the last eight seasons with the Chargers and started 11 of 12 games played in 2010. While Cooper was in free agency last month, the Chargers signed another veteran linebacker, Takeo Spikes, to a three-year deal. Spikes, 34, played the last four seasons in San Francisco under Greg Manusky, now San Diego's defensive coordinator.
Cooper has been placed on IR with a knee injury.|||||||
Cooper is vowing never to use supplements again, after returning from a four-game suspension imposed by the NFL for testing positive for a banned stimulant.|||||||
Cooper led the Chargers with 179 tackles last season, when they made it to the AFC championship game. He had to watch as the Chargers lost their first two games this season before reaching .500 with wins over the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. Cooper says he'll have to compete to win back his starting job. The Chargers play at Miami on Sunday.
Cooper didn't practice Friday as the San Diego Chargers got in their final preparation for Sunday's game at New England.|||||||
Cooper has a strained groin, but has practiced all week and was given a precautionary day off by coach Norv Turner.