EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon tendon, a source confirmed Sunday.
Davis was injured running a pass route late in the first quarter against the New York Giants. He went down in the end zone in obvious pain. He tried to hop off the field but stopped and could not put any weight on his left foot.
Davis was taken to the trainers’ table and had to hop onto a cart that took him off the sideline and down the tunnel.
ProFootballTalk.com was first to report that Davis would miss the rest of the season.
The Redskins’ plan for replacing Davis was not immediately known, but re-signing veteran Chris Cooley is an option. Washington released Cooley, who holds the the franchise record for most catches by a tight end, in August. The 30-year-old declined offers to sign with other teams because he wants to play only for the Redskins.
Davis’ loss is a significant blow for the Redskins’ offense. He had 24 catches for 325 yards before getting hurt, and his improvement as a run blocker was a major factor in the Redskins’ rushing success through six games.
Davis, who turns 27 next month, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He is currently playing on a one-year, franchise-player tender worth approximately $5.4 million.
Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul are the other tight ends on the roster. The Redskins continued to go with two-tight end sets Sunday against the Giants even after Davis was injured.