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Zorn: Cooley’s season almost certainly over

Redskins coach Jim Zorn announced this afternoon that the bottom of TE Chris Cooley’s right tibia is chipped. It’s uncertain whether he’ll require surgery, but Zorn plans on putting Cooley on the season-ending injured reserve list this week.

The minimum recovery time is 6 to 8 weeks, Zorn said, and that would leave only a game or two for Cooley to come back and play. The Redskins need the roster spot, so that will seal Cooley’s fate. Expect Cooley and LT Chris Samuels, both Pro Bowlers last season, to be placed on IR during the bye week. 

"It’s just devastating because he’s such a good player for us all over the field, and he’s good for our football team," Zorn said.

RB Clinton Portis spoke to Cooley’s value in the locker room, which can’t be understated considering how gloomy things are around here.

"Losing Chris Cooley, I think we lose a great player," Portis said. "I think Chris Cooley is like a Smoot around here, a guy who will liven up the locker room. He’s going to always have something crazy or new. So I think as far as talent, Fred Davis has got to step up. I think he will step up. I think he’s capable of stepping up. But we’re still going to miss Cooley."

Davis, as Portis mentioned, now becomes the Redskins’ featured tight end.

"It’s hard to fill somebody’s shoes like that," Davis said. "He’s a Pro Bowl guy. All I need is an opportunity to make plays, and I’m going to make some."

…This is the last thing the Redskins’ offense needed at this point. It’s difficult to see how things could get better before they get worse.