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Davis' injury opens door for Cooley

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Davis' injury opens door for Cooley

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.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.

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Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Redskins players with Tonight Show Superlatives

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Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Redskins players with Tonight Show Superlatives

One of the best parts of football season being back is The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's NFL Superlatives.

When there is a primetime game on NBC, Fallon takes a look at those two teams' rosters and pokes some fun at particular players. 

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This week's matchup? Raiders vs. Redskins. Fallon, per usual, did not disappoint.

OT Ty Nsekhe, DE Matt Loannidis, QB Colt McCoy, OL Tyler Catalina and OT Morgan Moses are handed superlatives for the Redskins.

On the Raiders, QB Derek Carr and OT Donald Penn receive shoutouts.

It's going to be a tough matchup for the Redskins, but for now just enjoy a good laugh.