Chris Cooley agrees to rejoin Redskins after Fred Davis suffers season-ending injury
By Mark Maske, Published: October 21
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —Chris Cooley has agreed to rejoin the Washington Redskins, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night, hours after the team lost fellow tight end Fred Davis to a season-ending torn left Achilles’ tendon suffered during a loss to the New York Giants.
Cooley is scheduled to undergo a physical Monday and, barring any unexpected last-minute snags, his re-signing will become official after that, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Redskins had made no official announcement about the pending move.
“It’s going to happen,” the person said.
Cooley declined to comment when reached Sunday night, saying it would be premature but that he will address the issue as soon as possible.
The Redskins released Cooley, their career leader in catches by a tight end, before the season but left open the possibility of re-signing him, particularly if they suffered an injury at the position. Cooley drew interest from other NFL teams as a free agent but wasn’t interested in playing elsewhere for a minimum-salary contract. He said recently that he wanted to return to the Redskins if the team wanted him back.
Davis’s injury created a need for the Redskins. Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed the tear to Davis’s left Achilles’ tendon and said the tight end is not expected to play again this season. The injury leaves the team without its leader in catches and receiving yards.
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