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Chris Cooley looks more comfortable in second week back

Chris Cooley

Coach Mike Shanahan said tight end Chris Cooley is feeling more comfortable on the practice field in his second week back with the team. The Redskins re-signed Cooley after losing tight end Fred Davis for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Cooley had no catches Sunday at Pittsburgh in his first game back.

   It’s not clear whether Cooley will have a larger role in the offense this week. Logan Paulsen has replaced Davis as the team’s starting tight end.

   Linebacker Perry Riley was limited in Thursday’s practice by a hamstring injury. Safety Brandon Meriweather also was a limited participant. Meriweather hasn’t played all season because of a knee injury and probably won’t play this weekend, although Shanahan said there remains a chance of him seeing action.

    Wide receiver Pierre Garcon did not practice and is expected to be out until after the team’s bye week because of an ailing toe.

 Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the team’s coaching staff did address receivers about the club’s 10 dropped passes in last Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

   Dropped passes usually are a mental issue rather than a technique problem, he said, adding that the coaching staff’s message to the receivers was to remain aggressive in their approach without being overly worried about drops.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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