The Washington Redskins announced that they have placed tight end Chris Cooley on the season-ending injured reserve list as the eight-year pro heals from finger and knee injuries. Along with Cooley, the Redskins have placed running back Tim Hightower on injured reserve after he tore his left ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Cooley, the most prolific tight end in Redskins history, broke his finger in Washington’s Week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He also was hampered all season long with an injured left knee that forced him to miss all of the preseason. Cooley last week had surgery that inserted pins into his index finger, and on Monday, he had his knee examined by team consultant Dr. James Andrews. It was not immediately clear if the knee, which repeatedly swelled up on Cooley and needed to be drained three weeks ago, will have his knee operated again. It’s the same knee that Cooley received arthroscopic surgery on at the end of the 2010 season.

Cooley this season had played behind Fred Davis because of his slowly healing knee, and he recorded just eight catches for 65 yards.

Hightower was Washington’s leading rusher with s 84 carries for and 321 yards and a touchdown.

They join starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (torn ACL) on the injured reserve list.