Chris Cooley passes physical, officially back with Redskins

Chris Cooley, the Redskins’ franchise leader in receptions by a tight end, was released by the team during the preseason.

Chris Cooley has passed his physical, and will return to the Washington Redskins as expected, the tight end said Monday morning.

Responding to a text message, Cooley said, “All Good. I’m in.”

A person with knowledge of the situation also confirmed that Cooley will return to the team, the morning after an agreement was reached on the condition that he passed his physical.

 Cooley, whom the Redskins released eight weeks ago – just before the start of the season, will replace Fred Davis, who tore his left Achilles’ tendon Sunday and was lost for the season.

The Redskins also have third-year pro Logan Paulsen and second-year pro Niles Paul, who this year converted from receiver to tight end, on the roster. But Cooley, an eight-year veteran and Washington’s all-time leader for catches by a tight end, will bring much-needed experience to an offense that is lacking play-makers with Davis out and wide receiver Pierre Garcon still sidelined.

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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