Redskins place TE Chris Cooley on Injured Reserve

Looks like yet another opening day starter for the Redskins finds himself being placed on Injured Reserve.

Tight End Chris Cooley, who’s been battling a balky knee since training camp, was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) today by the Redskins, ending his 2011 season. He finishes the year with only eight receptions for 65 yards in five games played.

While Cooley had a fine statistical year in 2011 (77 receptions for 849 yards and three touchdowns), given his age (he’ll turn 30 next July) and the emergence of TE Fred Davis, there’s rampant speculation that Cooley could very well have played his last game as a member of the Redskins when he went down over a week ago against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins have not made any roster moves of yet, but many of the local beat reporters believe the team will sign someone tomorrow morning to take his place on the roster. Right now, tight end Logan Paulsen backs up Davis, and Mike Sellars – who converted from fullback this past offseason – becomes the third string tight end.

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