Cooley Is Setting Expensive Blocks
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
The Washington Redskins rewarded tight end Chris Cooley with $14 million in guaranteed money after he caught 165 passes for 1,822 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first three seasons.
But because of injuries on the offensive line (right tackle Jon Jansen is out for the season, and right guard Randy Thomas is sidelined for at least 10 weeks), Cooley this season has been used more in pass-protection schemes, reducing his receiving opportunities.
"The one thing about him is that he's unselfish," quarterback Jason Campbell said of Cooley, who has six catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns this season. "He understands the situation; we've had a lot of lineman hurt. Right now, we have to use him to block more.
"But we understand the best thing he does for this team is route running and making catches for us. His time is going to come."
Time Heals Some of the Wounded
The Redskins have until tomorrow to release a detailed injury list, but it appeared many recovering players were on track to participate in full drills this week.
Starting linebacker Rocky McIntosh (shoulders) said he continued to receive treatment for a pinched nerve. Starting strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington, who has been playing in pain after dislocating his right elbow in the preseason, wore a different type of elbow brace.
Rookie safety LaRon Landry, who cut his right hand in the last game, appeared to be limited in practice. . . . Defensive end Phillip Daniels (bruised back), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (knee) and defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (sprained right thumb) practiced. . . . Fullback Mike Sellers's bruised calf was still taped.
Players Counsel Prep Players, Coaches
Kicker Shaun Suisham, safety Pierson Prioleau and defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti are scheduled to counsel high school athletes and coaches on the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs today after the NFL unveils a national anti-steroid program at FedEx Field.
Players are expected to meet with 300 athletes and coaches in a question-and-answer session. The NFL plans to conduct the program in eight of its markets this year in hopes of counseling 20,000 high school athletes and 800 coaches.
Bodiford Catches On With Green Bay
Shaun Bodiford, formerly a wide receiver on the practice squad, recently signed with the Green Bay Packers and returned a kickoff 22 yards Sunday in Green Bay's 23-16 victory over Minnesota. Bodiford was inactive in three games with the Redskins. . . .
Offensive lineman Justin Geisinger was signed to the practice squad.