It was another dreary Monday of injury news for the Washington Redskins.
Tight end Chris Cooley - a Pro Bowl pick the past two years - was placed on injured reserve with a broken right ankle, ending his season after just seven games.
Cooley was joined on IR by rookie defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, who tore the ACL in his left knee during Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Eagles.
The Redskins filled the roster spots by promoting defensive end Rob Jackson and linebacker Alvin Bowen from the practice squad.
Cooley, who couldn’t be reached for comment, was leading the Redskins with 29 catches and two touchdowns when he was hurt Oct. 26 against the Philadelphia Eagles. To that point, he had never missed a game during his five-plus seasons. Jarmon had eight tackles and a forced fumble after being chosen in the third round of July’s supplemental draft.
The Redskins now have nine players - six of whom were starters when injured - out for the year with five games to go. The others are Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, right guards Randy Thomas and Chad Rinehart, strong safety Chris Horton and running back Ladell Betts.
Rinehart said the fractured right leg he suffered Nov. 22 at Dallas was the first broken bone of his life. He’ll be in a cast until early January and expects to be fully recovered by the time offseason conditioning begins in March.
Meanwhile, Betts’ predecessor, Pro Bowl back Clinton Portis, will miss a fourth straight game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints because of the concussion he suffered Nov. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis, whose only public comments since getting hurt have come on his weekly radio show, might return to practice this week but won’t be cleared to play before undergoing another exam next Monday. Portis was still suffering from blurred vision last week when he moved his head laterally.
“If he’s healthy, he’s going to want to go, and we’re going to want him to,” Zorn said. “[But] we’re going to make sure his head’s right.”
Cornerback Fred Smoot, who left the game against Philadelphia on Sunday with a head injury, said Monday: “I’m all right. It ain’t to that [concussion] stage. I think I could’ve gone back in.”
While Smoot said he’ll play this week, Zorn hopes to work fellow cornerback DeAngelo Hall into practice, leaving him questionable to return from the right knee injury that kept him out in Philadelphia, a week after he sprained it at Dallas.
Albert Haynesworth, sidelined the past two weeks with the left ankle he sprained Nov. 15 against Denver, is not only expected to practice, he told The Washington Times: “Print this: I’m definitely playing this week.”
Zorn said that quarterback Jason Campbell, knocked woozy on the final play in Philadelphia, fullback Mike Sellers, who sprained an ankle late, and cornerback Justin Tryon, who suffered a hip pointer during the third quarter, were all OK.
Another change at guard?