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Chris Cooley Happy To Be On Field In First Game Back With Redskins

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

PITTSBURGH – Chris Cooley made his return to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, starting the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a two-tight end set with Logan Paulsen and playing mostly as a blocker.


Cooley, who was released on Aug. 28 but signed again on Monday after tight end Fred Davis tore his Achiles’ tendon, was targeted just once by quarterback Robert Griffin III. He dropped that attempt midway through the second quarter when he was hit by safety Will Allen as the pass arrived.

“It was a pretty emotional day for me,” Cooley said. “It felt great to get the start. I had so much adrenaline pumping through me, but I felt like I had a great week of preparation. I felt like I could help the team.”

Paulsen, who head coach Mike Shanahan said would continue to serve as the Redskins’ tight end for the time being, had four catches for 43 yards.

“I was just excited to be a part of the team,” Cooley said. “It was a frustrating loss, but it went well as far as me getting back on the field and being with the guys. It’s just amazing for me to be in this locker room right now and be with this group of guys. I think there’s definitely something special going on around here.”

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