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Chris Cooley Likely To Return To Redskins Following Injury To Fred Davis

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When the Washington Redskins held a press conference in late August to announce tight end Chris Cooley, for years the face of the team, was being released from his contract, head coach Mike Shanahan said it was likely the only way Cooley would return was as the starter.

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It was an opportunity he didn’t have, but he’ll apparently have now. Cooley was in discussions on a return to the Redskins late Sunday, according to multiple reports, after Fred Davis tore the Achilles’ tendon in his left leg in the 27-23 loss to the New York Giants and will miss the remainder of the season.

Cooley did not respond to a text message seeking comment Sunday night.

The franchise’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end, Cooley had been a reliable part of the Redskins’ offense since 2004 but saw his role shrink over the last two seasons because of injury and Davis’ emergence.

A transaction could happen as soon as Monday, pending Cooley passes a physical, which would allow the tight end to be in uniform for the Redskins’ next game at Pittsburgh.

Washington has two other tight ends on the active roster – Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul – and DeAngelo Peterson on its practice squad.

“I would love to have Chris back, obviously,” Paulsen said. “The type of player he is, the type of teammate that he is, of course I would like to have him back. I guess we’ll see what happens this upcoming week.”

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