When Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said tight end Chris Cooley would be out a significant chunk of time, speculation swirled that he wouldn't be ready for the regular season opener on Sept. 11 against the Giants.
But Cooley himself sounded a far more optimistic note and suggested it would be a shock if he didn't play.
“To be honest with you, and I mean this,” Cooley told Grant Paulson, Redskins' beat reporter for 106.7 The Fan. “I would be amazed if I didn’t play against the Giants,” Cooley said, via phone on Monday afternoon. “We had the wrong plan,” Cooley said. “Now I’m confident we have the right plan.”
Per Paulsen, Cooley visited with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. to follow up on knee problems that have bothered Cooley since early January. Paulsen said Andrews’ examinations were a way of further evaluating the left knee that Cooley had minor arthoscopic knee surgery on Jan. 3. Cooley didn’t anticipate having any setbacks with the knee during training camp, but swelling and discomfort have kept him off the practice field the past week.