BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots lost Brandin Cooks to a head injury early in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII.
The receiver was ruled out of the rest of the game (likely with a concussion) shortly after taking a crushing hit from Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Cooks hauled in a 23-yard pass from Brady and did some dancing while looking for room to run when Jenkins absolutely drilled him.
Cooks was a runner after establishing possession of the ball, so the head-to-head hit was legal. He was on the ground for several minutes and had to be helped off the field. It didn’t take long for the Patriots to rule him out for the rest of the Super Bowl.
That was Cooks’ only reception of the game on two targets from Brady. He also took a big hit on the previous New England drive, attempting to hurdle Philadelphia safety Rodney McLeod on a third down end around, but ended up being slammed onto the turf after only picking up a yard.
Cooks had a big first season in New England, grabbing 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season. He had nine postseason receptions heading into the Super Bowl, including six catches for 100 yards in New England’s AFC Championship Game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.