His left hand is wrapped. Hospital bracelets are still on his right wrist. And his cell phone holds photos that feature a shattered bone, and his post-surgery finger filled with stitches. Tight end Chris Cooley was back in the Redskins’ locker room Friday but says he’s at least four weeks away from playing again.
“This has been a weird year for me,” Cooley said. “Not practicing in camp, then not playing the way I want to play, now being hurt for another month — I’ve never experienced something like this. I’m just trying to do the best I can and make the most out of it.”
Cooley shattered the index finger in his left hand early in Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. On the game’s broadcast, anaylst Brian Billick criticized Rex Grossman for hanging Cooley out to dry on the pass.
“I’ll say it this way: The way we coached it, we thought we were going to get the look to get the first down on that little swing. They switched it off,” Cooley said. “They gave us a different look. obviously, I didn’t see him.
“It was a good switch-up by them. You just never think you’re going to get hurt like that. I’m not mad at Rex. I’ll take that hit all day to make a catch. My hand just got trapped in there weird, and it broke my finger.”
There is no exact timetable for Cooley’s return. His finger is now filled with screws and plates, and stitches run the length of his swollen index finger. On Sunday, he’ll chat more with Dr. James Andrews about his knee.
Regardless of when he comes back, Cooley plans to spend as much time around his teammates as possible.
“It’s always frustrating to miss time. I think I’m more optimistic missing time this season because I know I’m not out for the season,” he said. “It was strange when I broke my ankle [in 2009] with the [Jim] Zorn-thing and everything ended. It was surreal to be a part of that. Now, I feel I can come in, study, continue to learn this offense better, help Fred, help Logan, help our receivers and get myself ready to play.