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Report: Redskins expected to sign TE Chris Cooley

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Report: Redskins expected to sign TE Chris Cooley

With the news that Fred Davis is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, fans immediately started to ask about a possible return of Chris Cooley.

It now seems like that possibility could become a reality. NFL Insider, Jason La Canfora tweeted that the Redskins are in discussion to re-sign tight end Chris Cooley, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and a deal is expected shortly.

A short time later, Dan Hellie anchor for NBC4 in Washington, tweeted, "Just talked to Cooley...contract being ironed out. He will rejoin the team tomorrow and The Cooley Report will continue on Mondays on NBC4."

Cooley, 30, spent eight seasons with the Redskins before the released him in late August. He left as the all-time franchise leader in career receptions with 428.

For his first five and a half years in the NFL, Cooley was as durable as they came, never even missing so much as a practice. After playing in 87 straight games, however, he suffered a broken foot and missed the last nine games of the 2009 season. Then, after playing all 16 games in 2010, Cooley missed the last 11 games of 2011 with a broken hand and a knee problem that just wouldn’t go away.

Durability is one of the reasons the Redskins may not choose to call Cooley. There also was concern that he may have lost too much speed to be effective on offense.

But a Cooley return would be a popular move with the rest of the team. Tight end Logan Paulsen, who seemed to gain the most snaps with Davis out said that he would love for Cooley to return. “He’s a great teammate, he knows the system,” said Paulsen.

Knowing the system is another factor that might work in Cooley’s favor. There are just nine games left in the season and the faster a replacement can get up to speed the better.

It appears that Cooley would be open to returning to the Redskins. “I want to play here, but I don’t know if anything will happen with that,” he told the Washington Post last month.

He lives in Leesburg and he said that, although he has had some offers to sign with other teams, he really wasn’t interesting in moving.

He also told the Post that he was not interested in playing for the minimum NFL salary, which would be $835,000 for an eight-year veteran, pro-rated for the remainder of the season. It was not clear if he would make an exception to that to play for the Redskins, who are tight against the salary cap.

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

LANDOVER, Md.—After a week of uncertainty about the status of starters Jordan Reed and Rob Kelley, the Redskins have announced their inactives against the Raiders. 

The storylines leading into the matchup have centered on the matchup between quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr, as well as the resurgent return of Oakland's Marshawn Lynch. 

REDSKINS vs. RAIDERS WEEK 3 INACTIVES

The following players are inactive for the Redskins:

  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OL T.J. Clemmings
  • CB Josh Holsey
  • DE Anthony Lanier
  • LB Mason Foster
  • RB Rob Kelley
  • TE Jordan Reed

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Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury that knocked him out of the Redskins’ win over the Rams last week in the second quarter. There was hope all week that he could play as he participated in practice on a limited basis all week. He was listed as questionable for the game. His absence means that Mack Brown will be active for the first time this year. He may get some carries in relief of starter Samaje Perine.

Reed also was questionable. He was out of practice on Monday but he was able to come back and go on a limited basis the next two days. The Pro Bowler is one of Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets and his absence will be felt. Vernon Davis will start in his place and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle is active.

Foster was one of the Redskins’ heroes in the win last week, getting the game-clinching interception. He separated his shoulder during the game and popped it back into place and continued playing. Will Compton will start in his inside linebacker spot. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

Sunday Night Football on NBC is in Washington, D.C. for Week 3 of the NFL Season as the Redskins (1-1) host the Raiders (2-0) in the most intriguing game of the early season.

The Redskins defense has two weeks of solid play under its belt but will need 60 minutes of elite defensive football in order to slow down Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. The Redskins dealt with a lot of nagging injuries following their win over the Rams in Week 2. Running back Rob Kelley won't be in uniform tonight and the status of Jordan Reed remains unclear.

That's important, because the Redskins will need to get the offense going in a hurry. Kirk Cousins, Terrelle Pryor and Jordan Reed — if healthy — will be asked to keep up with the Raiders' high-octane offense. A task easier said than done. 

The Week 3 Sunday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Raiders takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 7:30 p.m. The trio returns at 11:30 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra.

Be sure to join us in the live blog below and leave a game comment in the comment section at the bottom.

REDSKINS VS. RAIDERS WEEK 3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE BLOG:

7:04 p.m.: Here is the full list of inactives. Tonight could get interesting.

6:58 p.m.: No Rob Kelley or Jordan Reed for the Redskins tonight vs. the Raiders. Dang.

6:40 p.m.: The inactive list should be coming out shortly. Will Jordan Reed be dressed? Rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle was dressed and on the field for warmups if that is any indication. 

6:35 p.m.: MARSHAWN LYNCH IS HERE AND OH MY GOD HE LOOKS LIKE A SUPERVILLIAN.

6 30 p.m.: Welcome to our Week 2 live blog of the Redskin vs. Rams game. It's me, Troy Machir again. You can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler too if you'd like. They're at FedEx Field for the game. That's cool and all, but since I'm here, I suggest you stick around.