Cowboys lineman Cooper parlays health into starting job

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders' Denico Autry (96) and Dallas Cowboys' Jonathan Cooper (64) face off at the line of scrimmage during a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. Cooper joined the Cowboys as an afterthought in January when they were preparing for the playoffs. Now the former top 10 pick by Arizona is a starter on a Pro Bowl-laden offensive line that is starting to find last season's form.(AP Photo/Roger Steinman, File)

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jonathan Cooper didn’t win a starting job on the Pro Bowl-laden offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys coming out of training camp.

The former top 10 pick by Arizona was borderline ecstatic anyway. He was healthy.

In part because of that, he ended up a starter four games into the season – for a third different team over three seasons since injuries shortened his time with the Cardinals and never gave him a chance to make a difference in New England after a trade.