Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said that tight end Chris Cooley will meet Sunday with noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews about his problematic left knee.
Cooley, who had surgery on his fractured left index finger Wednesday, will be sidelined for an extended period of time because of the finger, but Shanahan said he wasn’t sure how long. The knee could keep the two-time Pro Bowl player out even longer, depending on Andrews’ findings.
The knee has caused Cooley problems all season. He was slow to recover from arthroscopic surgery on the joint at the end of the 2010 season and was sidelined for the entire preseason.
Cooley had his knee examined by Andrews in August, and at the time, only rest was prescribed. Cooley returned in time to play in all of the Redskins’ regular season games and had said that he noticed improvement each week.
Last week when the Redskins returned from the bye, however, Cooley experienced swelling in his knee and had to have fluid drained from it. He broke his finger during the first half of Sunday’s game and didn’t return.
Cooley has recorded eight catches for 65 yards this season.