Cooley to visit specialist this week

Cooley suffered a concussion Sunday night against Indianapolis

By Redskins Gab columnist Rajan Nanavati:

In his weekly press conference on Monday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that tight end Chris Cooley suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss against the Colts, and will likely seek the opinion of a specialist in the next few days to determine the severity of the injury and timetable for recovery.

If Cooley isn’t available for Sunday’s matchup against the Bears (and I strongly doubt he will be, given his history of concussions in college), backup tight end Fred Davis will likely be starting in his place.

When Cooley suffered a season-ending ankle injury in a Week 7 loss to the Eagles in 2009, Davis filled in admirably, if not spectacularly. Despite only starting nine games last season, Davis lead the Redskins in touchdown receptions, and had the third most receiving yards.

Davis’ alleged inconsistency and occasional mental lapses have been (quietly) cited as the reasons he hasn’t seen as much playing time as coaches would like him to receive, but he is arguably among the most athletically gifted tight ends in the entire league.

While the circumstances for Davis’ increased playing time obviously come directly from a dangerous injury to the beloved Cooley, Davis will now get a chance to step up and emerge as another weapon for a Redskins offense badly in need of more legitimate pass catching options for quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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