Update 10:30 am: Chick Hernandez of Comcast SportsNet has reported that Cooley has passed his physical and is officially a member of the Redskins.
Earlier this month, free agent Chris Cooley said he was content with his post-football life but quickly added that he would entertained an offer from the Redskins if his former team gave him a call.
That call came yesterday.
With Fred Davis sidelined for the season after suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, the Redskins intend to re-sign the tight end, according to an NFL source. The deal is pending Cooley passing a physical, which is expected to be conducted Monday.
Cooley, a former fan favorite in Washington, has remained in Northern Virginia after being released in training camp and has done some broadcast work.
Although he's been out of the game for two months, Cooley could be a viable alternative to Davis, who entered Sunday’s game as the Redskins’ leading receiver.
Cooley was tapped for two Pro Bowls during his eight-season career with the Redskins. He has 428 career receptions for 4,703 yards, but was slowed last season by a litany of injuries, suiting up for only five games and finishing the 2011 campaign with eight receptions for 65 yards.
When Cooley was released in August, Coach Mike Shanahan left the door open to bringing back the 30-year-old veteran, whom Shanahan said was interested in catching on with another team as a starter. The Redskins, meantime, had committed to Davis as the starter and Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul as the other tight ends.
Cooley resisted signing with another team – and now it appears he’ll get the opportunity he really wanted all along.
A veteran and a leader for the Redskins defense, it appears DeAngelo Hall's season is now finished just three games into 2016.
Hall injured his knee in the first half of Sunday's game against the Giants. The play looked bad in real time and Hall looked to be in much pain leaving the field.
Somewhat encouragingly, Hall was spotted on the sidelines after the play he was injured on, though Redskins PR announced the safety would not return to the game.
In the moments following Washington's dramatic win, Hall told the media he believed his ACL was torn, certainly putting a damper on the jubilant scene.
Beyond Hall, the Redskins are waiting for further diagnosis on starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland as well as offensive linemen Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger.
Assuming Hall misses significant time, the Redskins will be forced to juggle their secondary, especially if Breeland also misses time. When Hall went out in New York, veteran Will Blackmon picked up much of the slack and played well.
Going forward, defensive coordinator Joe Barry can also look to players like Duke Ihenacho or Deshazor Everett for help. Ihenacho is an experienced NFL safety while Everett showed in the preseason he's not just a special teams player but can play safety at the pro level.
Beyond Ihenacho and Everett, the Redskins may also consider some playing time for rookie Su'a Cravens in the secondary. Drafted as a hybrid linebacker/safety, Cravens made a big-time impact in the win over the Giants and has proven he needs to be on the field a lot for Barry's defense.
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Su'a Cravens had a monster game for the Redskins on Sunday, including an interception to seal the first victory of the season.
After the game, the rookie sent the perfect tweet.
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Cravens' tweet is an homage to The Chappelle Show, arguably one of television's funniest ever sketch comedy shows that aired on Comedy Central in the early 2000s.
The "Game...Blouses" is a hilarious h/t to a skit where Dave Chapelle played the late Prince, who schooled Charlie Murphy in basketball. Check it out below, but be warned the sketch includes explicit language and general lewdness. If easily offended, don't watch.
For the game, Cravens had three tackles and two passes defensed to go with his pick of Eli Manning on the Giants last drive. Cravens almost had a first-half interception as well, but he and safety David Bruton both went for the pass and neither came down with it. In just the third game of his NFL career, Cravens is proving well worth his second-round draft position, and off the field, proving he has star power too.
No word on if post-game pancakes were served at Giants Stadium.