Redskins shut down Cooley, Hightower

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To no surprise, Redskins running back Tim Hightower has been placed on injured reserve, after tearing an ACL against the Panthers on Sunday.  To some and/or a lot of surprise, the Redskins also have placed tight end Chris Cooley on injured reserve, ending his season.

Cooley had been battling a knee injury.  He suffered a broken index finger on October 16, and he was expected to miss six weeks.

Earlier in the season, he passed Jerry Smith to become the Redskins’ all-time leader in receptions by a tight end, with 428.

Given the emergence of Fred Davis, the next question becomes whether Cooley will catch a 429th pass.

UPDATE 5:16 p.m. ET:  The Redskins have explained to PFT via email that Cooley was placed on injured reserve due to his knee, not his finger.