Cooley expected to return Monday

Tight end Chris Cooley sat out a second straight practice nursing a swollen left knee, but coach Mike Shanahan said he expects the Redskins’ top tight end to be back Monday.

Cooley has been limited for much of training camp. He didn’t take any reps Friday and watched again Saturday.

“I had some fluid taken out of my knee so they just wanted me to take a day off,” Cooley said Saturday. Fortunately for the tight end, Shanahan has given the players Sunday off, providing an extra recovery day for Cooley. The Redskins return to the practice field at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Cooley said he can’t wait to return to action because the inactivity has been frustrating.

“It drives me absolutely bonkers,” said Cooley, 29, who is entering his eighth season and last year recorded 77 catches for 849 yards. “I can’t stand not being a part of the team and not being a part of the practice. I try to kind of help Fred and Logan and those guys as much as I can. I watch them very closely and try to do my part when I’m not going.”

Sidelined for a fourth straight practice was punt/kick returner Brandon Banks, who also has been slowed by a sore left knee (the same one he had surgery on last November). He too is expected to return to action on Monday, Shanahan said.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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