Brandin Cooks left the game early in the second quarter when he got unexpectedly flattened by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.
If bearing witness to immense pain thing isn’t your thing, avert your eyes.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 5, 2018
Here it is from a different angle.
Brandin Cooks is dead pic.twitter.com/VSxTLYaB14
— Andrew Tashian (@Tashville401) February 5, 2018
Malcolm Jenkins absolutely blew up Brandin Cooks — officials quickly motioned to the Patriots sideline to get trainers out there.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 5, 2018
It wasn’t even the first massive hit Cooks sustained in the contest.
With the Patriots knocking on the door in the first quarter, he got stuffed a yard shy of the first-down marker in midair before getting viciously dropped.
— B. 📎 (@knicks148) February 5, 2018
After the hit in the second quarter, Cooks walked off the field and was escorted to the Pats locker room.
He won’t return.
#Patriots injury update: Brandin Cooks (head) has been ruled out for the game.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) February 5, 2018
Cooks finished the regular season with 1,082 receiving yards, two shy of the team leader, tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Midway through the second quarter of the Super Bowl, the Eagles lead 15-6.