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Cooley: I’m a casualty of the lockout

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Chris Cooley’s knee never responded after his surgery this offseason.

That slowed him down to start the year, and ultimately ended his season early. Cooley believes the lockout is largely to blame.

“I feel 100 percent – and I’m not blaming anybody. I feel one hundred percent that I am a casualty for the season, of the lockout,” Cooley said via the Washington Post. “I think it was a shame that they didn’t let players who had surgery spend time with the doctors and trainers that they trust on a daily basis.

“I wish I could’ve. I think what I went through in July, I could’ve went through in March.”

It’s hard to disagree.  Cooley and Peyton Manning come to mind as two players hurt by time away from team doctors.

Cooley felt differently about the lockout in March. He said then the lockout didn’t matter to him because he was set financially and that he would be ready to play when the work stoppage ended.

Cooley underestimated the value of the medical care he missed while away from the team.

The question now becomes whether Cooley will be back in Washington. Cooley and Mike Shanahan expressed full confidence Cooley would be with the team next year, when he is due $3.8 million.

Fred Davis is a free agent, so the team may have to choose between keeping Cooley or spending big dollars on Davis.

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52 Responses to “Cooley: I’m a casualty of the lockout”
  1. tacoslinger619 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:18 PM

    With a fading career…… and someone else to blame besides himself! I smell a lawsuit by Cooley just around the corner…..

  2. geniusesq says: Oct 27, 2011 1:18 PM

    Cooley – Redskins fans would love to have you back, but we’ve got to roll with Davis as the #1. Two tight ends who can separate from LBs are a necessity against today’s NFL defenses. But, Father Time is undefeated.

  3. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Oct 27, 2011 1:18 PM

    These guys have so much money the only person they have to blame for not seeing proper doctors is themselves.

    Cooley is just bitter his career, his sideshow and his act are over here in DC.

  4. ju302225 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:20 PM

    Cooleys over rated…..

  5. pioniere says: Oct 27, 2011 1:21 PM

    I don’t think Chris is the brightest bulb in the box.

  6. nineroutsider says: Oct 27, 2011 1:21 PM

    Hasn’t the last few years with this dude been all about injuries? Sure he is a likeable guy but he is a china doll.

    Fred Davis all day long and twice on Sundays.

  7. dp311 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:22 PM

    Karma for the Romo comments! Jerk shoulda kept his big mouth shut!

  8. countsnail says: Oct 27, 2011 1:26 PM

    “Fred Davis is a free agent, so the team may have to choose between keeping Cooley or spending big dollars on Davis.”

    This is Dan Snyder we are talking about here. Cooley will be released, and Davis will get a 7 year, $100 million contract.

    Who needs smart decisions when you can “spend spend spend! Snyder fits right in with the political crowd in D.C.

  9. beastofeden says: Oct 27, 2011 1:27 PM

    Cooley became damaged goods after his non-contact foot injury a couple years ago. They shoul have parted ways thn an atleat got a draft pick for him

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 27, 2011 1:27 PM

    Davis has shown he’s worth resigning. Do that and keep cooley for one more year, IF he’s healthy. This is what good teams do. Re-sign younger players on the upswing and let the older ones go. But there is also something to be said for having to good TE’s and that would be a good situation for the Skins next year.

  11. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:28 PM

    oh shut up.

  12. jdandcoke says: Oct 27, 2011 1:28 PM

    how was payton manning hurt?? what, is the colts team doctor the only neck specialist in the world? with all of his money he could have PURCHASED a TEAM of neck specialists if he chose to.

  13. dcbuff says: Oct 27, 2011 1:28 PM

    casualty of karma…

  14. fink says: Oct 27, 2011 1:30 PM

    I love Cooley. But his days in Washington are probably done.

    A past-30 tight end who has had a history of injuries. Not a good combo…

    Making it with another team might be difficult, too. Just look at the Arizona Cardinal’s Todd Heap, who’s been sidelined for the last several games.

  15. mjbudenz says: Oct 27, 2011 1:30 PM

    Cooley, and especially Manning, have enough money to see the best doctors in the world with better reputations and credentials than team doctors. they may trust team doctors more, but that is due to familiarity, not that other doctors are untrustworthy. Just an excuse.

  16. haroldoftherocks says: Oct 27, 2011 1:31 PM

    I feel bad for Cooley. Poor guy doesn’t make enough money to see his own doctor so he has to wait for the team doctor.

  17. bigjdve says: Oct 27, 2011 1:31 PM

    While I am a Cooley fan, blaming the lockout is ridiculous.

    The players kept saying how the lockout wouldn’t affect them. I guess they didn’t realize that all of that time off actually hurt them.

    I still don’t think that they understand that all the contact drills and preseason games actually help get them ready by helping their bodies get used to the contact and the rigors of the game.

    All of them are not thinking clearly.

  18. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Oct 27, 2011 1:32 PM

    Blame karma, big mouth.

  19. jordan52187 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:33 PM

    they can probably trade him to the raiders for a 2015 1st round pick

  20. beertech says: Oct 27, 2011 1:37 PM

    Cooley was third last year for receiving yards by a tight end.

    Washed up, overrated, really?

    Its one bad year because of an injury. Calm down.

  21. geniusesq says: Oct 27, 2011 1:38 PM

    Cowboys fans hate Cooley for telling the truth about Romo. Go figure.

  22. arm57romg says: Oct 27, 2011 1:39 PM

    I wonder if Romo thinks getting put on IR for an NFI is funny. We’ll never know, he’s too classy to say anything. How can a Rookie like Bruce Carter be practicing already after a Torn ACL and no workouts or OTAs and this guy can’t? All talk no work. Have fun on the waiver wire next year.

  23. bigjdve says: Oct 27, 2011 1:41 PM

    They also forget that this is the 1st year that Fred actually started blocking some. They also forget that Fred also has alot of drops this year and in past years drops and fumbles were something of a concern as well.

  24. ripcityhawkhead says: Oct 27, 2011 1:41 PM

    That was your last game in a skins uniform Chris, Davis will get your 3.8 mil.

  25. 27bills says: Oct 27, 2011 1:43 PM



  26. bbeaman78 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:43 PM

    “Chris I totally enjoyed watching you get injured again this season. I replay a montage of the last 3 seasons and love watching you flame out on yet another season”

    -Tony Romo

  27. weneedlinemen42 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:44 PM

    Cooley is one of my favourite players. He had more than 70 catches last year, and was obviously struggling on a gimpy knee this year. I have no doubt that he would be a very useful player to have next year, if his knee gets better.

    He actually looked pretty good in the H-back/ full back role and with more and more two TE looks making it into the playbook there is no reason to suspect that the front office will be looking to cut him. He’s a tight-end, he isn’t earning massive money and the Redskins are in a really good cap position at the moment.

  28. weneedlinemen42 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:48 PM

    Cooley is a multi-millionaire. He is in a time limited career as professional athlete. Why didn’t he find and pay for the best medical care available out of his own pocket?

    Not doing so, turning up to training camp without having gone through a properly supported rehab is going to end up costing him far more money in the long-run.

    I really hope he hasn’t done himself permanent damage this year. He has been a fine servant for the Redskins during a dark time. I really hope he can come back and contribute to the team for many more years.

  29. londonfletcher says: Oct 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    “Cooley was third last year for receiving yards by a tight end.

    Washed up, overrated, really?

    Its one bad year because of an injury. Calm down”


  30. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Oct 27, 2011 1:57 PM

    Look at the Redskin fans coming out by the masses to “thumbs down” any comment critical of Cooley. You people are funny. I get it, he has a “cool” name and dated a few cheerleaders but the guy is a tool. He picked up right where Clinton Portis left off of being the guy who needs to be the center of attention.

    As a Cowboy fan it was hard for me to admit that Troy had his brains knocked out too many times and his better days where behind him. Maybe you guys should come to terms with the fact that your guy needs to move on.

  31. mikebinrookline says: Oct 27, 2011 2:02 PM

    dp311 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:22 PM

    Karma for the Romo comments! Jerk shoulda kept his big mouth shut!

  32. laeaglefan says: Oct 27, 2011 2:03 PM

    Cooley is obviously a casualty of the lockout, but Roger Goodell no doubt just writes of these kind of situations as collateral damage. It happens in every war, be it a real war where people die, or a war of words and will, such as the NFL contract negotiations.
    It seems to me though that it would have been reasonable to allow injured players to continue their treatment with team doctors. That has nothing to do with player transactions, OTA’s or playing the football games.

  33. lbdpatch says: Oct 27, 2011 2:06 PM

    Plain and simple Cooley was a casualty of Nnamdi laying his ass out

  34. 1captain1 says: Oct 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    Why didn’t he go to Europe with Peyton Manning?

    I’m sure they could’ve gotten a two-fer.

  35. steelchuck123 says: Oct 27, 2011 2:33 PM

    Hmmm… not blaming anyone…but blaming the lockout? This doesn’t make any sense to me. Apparently there is only ONE doctor and ONE trainer in the entire world that treats athletes? Maybe he should search the internet instead of “tweeting” and “twittering”, and posting pictures of himself… … no sympathy here… sorry.

  36. slickzmoney says: Oct 27, 2011 2:41 PM

    Karma for the Romo comments? The knee got hurt last year fools. Also, Cooley’s comments are dead on, Romo is a choker.

  37. philgrek says: Oct 27, 2011 2:52 PM

    probably from all that cage fighting he does 😉

  38. duncanthecat says: Oct 27, 2011 2:58 PM

    Cooley is a beast playing with a bad knee that would have put most of the Giants or Eagles players on the self. Instead he battled through and played. No excuses whatsover, until he was strung out by a horrible pass by the QB.

    For that reason alone I would have benched Grossman.

  39. cfh666 says: Oct 27, 2011 3:04 PM

    I think the blonde dye he puts in his hair has seeped into his brain. He can’t block and looked like a slow footed 230 lb. tight end, he is a blow-hard and will not make a team next year. Now he can start his UFC cage fighting career!

  40. polarbearsquares says: Oct 27, 2011 3:31 PM

    Again, such a sympathetic article for Cooley. No mention of how much karma is involved when the worst TE in the division wants to see Romo fail, only to see his career hit a bright-red glowing FAIL button.

    But we’re still talking about Rob Ryan’s quote about the Iggles he made … months ago.

    Different rules for the Cowboys, I guess.

  41. gorilladunk says: Oct 27, 2011 3:31 PM

    @slickzmoney….and exactly what have Cooley and his teammates done over the past six seasons to make you think they’re not a bunch of chokers? Cooley is the latest example of athletes who put their mouth in “drive” when it should have stayed in “park”. What a Dil !

  42. 1bigtex says: Oct 27, 2011 3:36 PM

    Thanks for the laugh Cooley. Yeah, that lock-out really surprised everyone didn’t it? I’m sure that no one saw it coming. I mean really, how is a guy who makes a boatload of money supposed to be able to figure out how to rehab a knee without the help of the team trainers. There’s probably never been another player he knows who could give him some advice. I’m sure that all the knee specialists must have unlisted phone numbers so that you would never be able to contact them. (BTW, Dr. James Andrews can be reached at 205-939-3699.)

    Cooley is a second-rate H-Back with, at best, marginal blocking skills. If he could run patterns as fast as he runs his mouth, he’d be All Pro. Unfortunately for Skins’ fans, while Cooley is the same age as Jason Witten, he’s 37% behind him in total yardage. Second-rate, soon to be third-rate or perhaps, down the road.

  43. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 27, 2011 3:50 PM

    I think he’d be great with some other former players on the radio, maybe a sideline reporter, etc. But he’s done on the field, at least in DC.
    Nobody talks about Logan Paulsen, all the guy does is get open and catch every pass thrown his way. I guess he’s too slow, or something, for the media to give him much, but the guy does the job!

  44. radrhatr says: Oct 27, 2011 4:15 PM

    What’s his excuse for the past 3 or 4 years. It seems like he’s always hurt!

  45. makeshersquirt says: Oct 27, 2011 4:17 PM

    Karma called, it said keep talking Chris!

  46. longthao82 says: Oct 27, 2011 4:25 PM

    He’ll sign with the vikes and become our Hback! Team him up with Klye Rudolph baby!

  47. pastorbobs says: Oct 27, 2011 4:26 PM

    Cooley is a good teammate and player. He’s given the Skins some great seasons and he has played well. No one can take that away. He is a fan favorite as well.

    The future is Fred Davis and a second blocking TE. Cooley will have to be dealt or cut, they will also have to buck up to keep Fred Davis.

  48. cowboyhater says: Oct 27, 2011 4:36 PM

    It’s funny how the Skins faithful have given up on the best TE in the history of the organization. I like Fred Davis too, but have we forgotten that Cooley caught 77 balls just last year. This offense can benefit from 2 good TE’s , and also this position doesn’t hit the wall like WR’s, and RB’s. It’s been noted in the locker room that he’s been a second coach to the TE’s, and all he has done is praise, and supported Fred Davis, and Logan Paulson. He should, and will retire a Redskin. As for the idiots talking about karma, karma for what? His comments were totally taken out of text, and he was just joking around with the local sports shock jocks in DC, which only became newsworthy because the media decided to latch onto it, and make into a headline.

  49. dcbronco says: Oct 27, 2011 4:42 PM

    I’m a 35+ year Bronco fan that lives in DC. I get to see the Skins games and have watched Cooley play as a FB. Understanding what Shanahan likes makes believe Cooley and Davis will be back next year. Cooley did an excellent job blocking from the FB position. He mentioned on the radio that he was graded highly in it after watching film. Shanahan likes mismatches. It the basic design of his offense. Having Cooley and Davis leaves a defense guessing. They don’t know if they should be in a nickel or base package. Base means Cooley a MLB probably ends up on Cooley. A complete mismatch. Nickel means it’s easier for them to run the ball. If anything, Davis could be the odd man out. Paulson played well and seems to do a good job of stretching the field and has better size.

  50. jg725 says: Oct 27, 2011 6:16 PM

    maybe big-mouth cooley should just shut his yap and actually get on the field(for real – not just “show up”) and prove that he’s more than a non-blocking flash in the pan……

    and @ duncanthecat – are you a little “special” – like brain-dead????
    what the heck do the eagles or giants have to do with this?
    oh – i forgot you’re a tart – and the deadskins are “your team”……. pretty pathetic – maybe some day they’ll finish above 500 – hahaha!!!!!

  51. longthao82 says: Oct 27, 2011 6:28 PM

    Come to MN! Hback for AP..

  52. chocolatebaconbutter says: Oct 27, 2011 6:33 PM

    Cooley: I’m a casulty of stupidity.

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