How Brandin Cooks' absence 'made an impact'
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By Isaiah Houde

The New England Patriots lost star receiver Brandin Cooks in the first half of Super Bowl LII and felt that loss the rest of the game.

The Patriots did a good job adjusting against the Philadelphia Eagles without Cooks, but it was unfortunate for his first Super Bowl experience. Cooks left with a head injury and was ruled out almost immediately after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Malcolm Jenkins. He finished the game with one catch for 23 yards.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spoke about the loss of Cooks and the impact that it made on the game.

“Obviously it made an impact, somewhat,” McDaniels told reporters.

“Look, that’s what a football team does, you have to go through that every single week,” McDaniels said. “You’ve got adversities whether you come into the game with injuries or you incur one in the middle of the game. Our guys are practiced and prepared and ready to do that, and I thought they did a good job. I’m more upset for [Cooks]. He has an opportunity to play in his first Super Bowl and then to get it cut short there that was disappointing for him...

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