HOUSTON — In his five-year NFL career, 49ers right guard Jonathan Cooper has been benched, traded, released and injured.
Oh, has he ever been injured.
His injuries help explain why despite being No. 7 pick out of North Carolina in the 2013 draft — Cooper was the highest drafted guard in 27 years — he’s been with five teams in the past 29 months. And they also explain why he needed little prompting to make his health the dominant topic of a recent interview.
What was the highlight of his productive 2017 season with the Cowboys? “I think first and foremost,” Cooper said, “being able to stay healthy for the majority of the season.