You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

Cooley insists he’ll be ready for season opener

Question of the Day

What has been the biggest debacle on Obama's watch?

View results

Chris Cooley had to get the brace on his ailing left knee refitted Monday. The swelling has reduced so much since last week that it became too loose.

"I noticed today and was like, 'Aw, sweet,' " he said.

The Washington Redskins' star tight end believes his surgically-repaired knee finally is healing properly. He insisted he will play the regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 11.

"As long as everything continues, I hope to be back in some capacity on the field next week," he said Monday morning. "I can't imagine not playing against the Giants."

Cooley had arthroscopic knee surgery Jan. 3 but could not rehabilitate under the supervision of Redskins' trainers and strength coaches after the lockout began March 12.

He tried fully participating in training camp practices, but his knee reacted badly and swelled. The issue is not his meniscus.

"I have enough cartilage in my knee," he said. "The problem was over a long period of time I was starting to bruise around it, and the joint around it was becoming so irritated."

Cooley recently visited renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who prescribed more rest. He has been running, however, on an anti-gravity treadmill at Redskins Park.

"You zip in this cool thing and it fills up with air all around you and it's like an air thing," he said. "If you take it down to 20 percent of your weight, it feels like you're on the moon. It's awesome. It's NASA technology. Whoever thought of this is a genius."

He planned Monday to run on 50 percent of his body weight but exceeded expectations. On 60 percent of his body weight, he ran four miles at 8 mph.

He hopes to increase by increments of 10 percent until he is able to run on all of his weight. Then he'll return to practice.

Cooley expects to have to manage the pain all season, but he plans on participating in practices during the week. He takes pride in his durability, having rarely missed a practice in more than five seasons before he broke his leg during a game in 2009.

"I would have to be really sore; it would have to be really a problem for me to not practice on Wednesdays," he said.

He'll continue to observe his teammates for the rest of the preseason, and in a way, that's painful, too.

"It's been a long time since we've looked this good in the preseason," he said. "And it's not because we're over-game-planning or doing anything special. Guys are just looking good. Players are fitting, and it seems like everyone is having so much fun. It's hard to stand back and watch that. It's also a positive thing, but it's hard to watch for me."

Boudreau at Redskins Park

Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was the special guest at Monday's practice, spending the afternoon at Redskins Park with his son, Brady, enjoying the football while also soaking in some beneficial tactics.

"There's some great ideas that football does and I think hockey can use, and I'm sure hockey has things that football players can use," Boudreau said. "It's sort of like sharing knowledge, and I think it's pretty interesting."

During Boudreau's first visit to the facility in Ashburn, prompted by an invite from special teams coach Danny Smith, he met coach Mike Shanahan and talked about the variety of different coaches and systems the Redskins go through. Shanahan, naturally, wanted to chat about Joe Sakic, who led the Colorado Avalanche to two Stanley Cups during the coach's time with the Denver Broncos.

Boudreau, who is known for getting to the rink early in the morning, was fascinated by how football coaches have even longer days.

"I think it'd be neat if the players saw what goes on out here - just the specialized things and how the progression of practice goes and the length of it," Boudreau said. "I thought it was quite an eye-opening experience."

Extra points

• Mike Sellers is expected to return to fullback in the second half of Thursday's game against Baltimore, Mike Shanahan said. Sellers, an 11-year veteran, was moved from fullback to tight end at the start of training camp and played with the reserves in both preseason games. ...

• Right tackle Jammal Brown injured the ring finger on his right hand. He was scheduled for X-rays after practice, but Shanahan did not believe it was fractured. ...

Shanahan said the following injured players won't play Thursday: safety LaRon Landry (hamstring), receiver Brandon Banks (knee), receiver Malcolm Kelly (foot) and linebacker Edgar Jones (concussion). Defensive end Adam Carriker (severe heel blisters) might play. ...

• The Redskins released running back James Davis, who was put on the reserve/left team list after leaving training camp unexpectedly Aug. 15.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Get Adobe Flash player
You Might Also Like
  • Nathan Walker waits to take the ice during the Capitals' development camp at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington on Monday, July 9, 2012. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

    Nathan Walker’s NHL dreams send him around the world

  • Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon, third from left, smiles as he warms up with his teammates who were were wearing t-shirts in support of him for the All Star game before an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Anthony Rendon not an All-Star, but he’s been Nats’ MVP

  • Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter speaks during a media availability in the dugout before an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Monday, July 7, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    LOVERRO: Suck-up Buck Showalter needs history lesson

  • Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez, left, celebrates with goalkeeper Sergio Romero after scoring the decisive goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup final. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Argentina beats Dutch in shootout to reach World Cup final

  • Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson speaks during a media availability after an NFL football training camp practice at Redskins Park, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely by NFL — again

  • Celebrities In The News
  • Hall of Fame Inductees, KISS, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, and Ace Frehley speak at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    KISS rocker Gene Simmons touts 1 percent life: ‘It’s fantastic’

  • This image from video released by Funny Or Die shows President Obama, left, with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on "Between Two Ferns," the digital short with a laser focus on reaching people aged 18 to 34. The president urged young people to sign up for the new health care plan through an appearance posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014, on the comic website Funny or Die, bypassing TV talk show titans like Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel for an online audience. (AP Photo/Funny Or Die)

    Obama’s ‘Ferns’ interview gets Emmy nod

  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 12, 2013, file photo, actor Alec Baldwin leaves court in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    Alec Baldwin in talks to play Rob Ford-like mayor in new NBC drama