Tuesday’s traditional day-after press conference with Redskins coach Jim Zorn started with injuries — and it was a long list.
- Byron Westbrook and H.B. Blades have knee injuries that are still getting evaluated, and Zorn said they probably will miss at least one game
- The Redskins had a significant list of players with sprained ankles: Albert Haynesworth, Clinton Portis, Jason Campbell and Mike Sellers. Zorn said Haynesworth “fought through” a sprained ankle and played the whole game; Campbell also suffered his sprain in the first half. Campbell, who “got hit a bunch,” according to Zorn, “played like a warrior.”
- Stephon Heyer is wearing a knee brace and they’re not sure yet of his availability.
- The most significant injury, though, is the one to tight end Chris Cooley, who according to Zorn has a “chip” on the bottom part of his tibia in his right leg — thus the conflicting “ankle” and “leg” reports coming out last night. Regardless, Cooley is getting another evaluation from another doctor, trying to see if he’ll need surgery. He’ll miss a minimum of six to eight weeks, and Zorn said the team “will probably end up putting him on injured reserve.”
- Joining Cooley on injured reserve will be left tackle Chris Samuels, out with his neck injury for the last two games.
Zorn called the injury to Cooley “Just devastating. He’s such a good player for us all over the field. The loss of him on the field and his fight, he just brings the fight to the field. It’s going to be a big loss for us.”
The Redskins will do a couple things to replace Cooley, starting with seeing a lot more of Fred Davis, who had the best game of his career against the Eagles on Monday — including his first touchdown catch. Todd Yoder will get more time on the field. And Zorn said they’ll bring some guys in and sign another tight end.
Zorn also touched on a number of the themes you’re familiar with at this point: Play-calling, quarterback play, offensive line play and such. Ryan will touch on that in a Web story coming up soon, and you’ll get more from him, Dan Daly and David Elfin in Wednesday’s paper.
But the bottom line from here is that the team has a week off — and it couldn’t come at a better time considering the upheaval they’ve had over the last month as well as the injuries. And despite a daunting schedule ahead, Zorn attempted to find some positives from the 2-5 start.
“We came in with high expectations, and we haven’t followed through,” said Zorn, who expressed “real frustration” with the losses (they fell to 2-5 with the loss to the Eagles), the injuries and the turmoil. “We’re going to continue to press forward and, with a little break there, try to regroup.”