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Head Shot Knocks Brandin Cooks Out of Super Bowl

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New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks is out for the rest of the Super Bowl with a concussion.

Cooks was wide open early in the second quarter underneath the Philadelphia zone, when he caught Tom Brady's pass, pivoted and danced back and forth to try to extend the play. He didn't see Eagles safety Michael Jenkins coming, though, and was knocked to the turf with a legal-but-jarring hit by Jenkins.

Cooks was barely moving for several seconds, before sitting up and slowly walking off the field. The Patriots soon announced he was out for the remainder of the game with a head injury.

This leaves Brady without one of his most important targets. Cooks was second on the team during the regular season with 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns, a critical contribution amid the absence of wide receiver Julian Edelman.

The first Super Bowl of Cooks' career was a short but rough one.

He took a jet-sweep handoff in the first quarter and tried to hurdle Eagles safety Rodney McLeod hit him in the groin area and slammed him backward to the turf at the 8-yard line after only a 1-yard gain on third-and-2. Then Patriots kicker Stephen Gronkowski had a 26-yard field goal try bounce off the left upright after a mishandled snap.

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