“I called Chris when we landed and asked him what type of shape he was in, and he felt like he was in pretty good shape,” Shanahan said. “I asked him if he’d like to come back and he said he did. So we’re excited to have him. I trust Chris. If he says he’s in good shape, he’s in good shape. Hopefully he can help us this next week.”
Cooley said he’s been given no promises about his role.
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“The only thing I’ve really heard is that the team is counting on me . . . to play,” Cooley said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m not sure what it’ll be Week 1. I’m not sure how I’ll transition into that. I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. I’m just there to do what they ask me to do. Obviously I want it to be a large role. But if it’s not in Week 1, I’m not going to be unhappy.”
Cooley said he was disappointed for Davis. He was listening to Sunday’s game on the radio, he said, and knew when he heard that Davis had removed his receiving gloves that the injury was probably serious. That’s what he did, he said, the two times that he had season-ending injuries. So Cooley expected the Redskins to call.
“I was definitely okay with not playing football this year,” Cooley said. “I thought a lot about playing other places and just didn’t really like the idea of moving and making that change at this point in my life. And so I started doing what I wanted to do, started doing some media stuff and everything out here, and that was fine with me.”
Cooley said he’s been jogging and running sprints in his yard to stay in shape but he “wasn’t at home doing squats and power-cleans and listening to ‘Rocky’ music.” Still, he said he’s ready to play and believes he still has some good football left in him.
“I’m only 30 years old,” Cooley said. “I know I can keep playing. I just didn’t want to play in a situation where I was in a diminished role from what I knew I could be. It was hard for me and I would have done it for the team that I love. But I think if I get an opportunity to show them what I can do and show them I’m healthy . . . I think it’ll give me an opportunity to prolong my career.”