Redskins coach Jim Zorn wanted to wait as long as possible to see if Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley could respond from a lower-leg injury, but on Monday the team finally placed him on injured reserve. Cooley had hoped to return for the final stretch of games, but team physicians say that he's not even ready to get out of a walking boot.
CooleyThe Redskins also announced Monday that defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was being placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Linebacker Alvin Bowen and defensive end Rob Jackson were signed off the Skins' practice squad to fill the open roster spots.
Losing Cooley was a big setback for the Redskins, but it's also given them the opportunity to take a long look at former second-round draft pick Fred Davis. The former USC player is making the most of his opportunity.
"It would be great if we could be in there together, but you knew there was a chance he would [miss the remainder of the season] when you saw him get hurt," David told reporters Monday. "It's just up to all the guys to keep trying to pick up the slack for the rest of the year."
Davis broke through along the sideline for a 29-yard play against the Eagles and he's given quarterback Jason Campbell a consistent target. Davis and Cooley could end up being a pretty formidable duo in the league.