Cooley's time likely not over with Redskins

Posted Oct. 28, 2011 @ 2:33 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Many have speculated that TE Chris Cooley's trip to injured reserve means that perhaps he now has played his final game as a Redskin. Our sources say that's not the case. Cooley had been playing with knee pain all season, and the recent aggravation he suffered only added to the misery. The reason the team ended his season now was to ensure care of his knee long term and prevent the kind of daily pain Cooley was enduring and have a healthy 2012 season. Mike Shanahan is believed to be a fan of Cooley, who took one for the team and switched to fullback when Darrel Young was hurt, and has a role in mind for Cooley in the future. He might never be the pass-catching tight end he was a few years ago, especially with the emergence of Fred Davis, but there are teams such as the Patriots who successfully use two tight ends in the passing game.