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Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) goes through drills during the Redskins training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Monday, August 13, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Chris Cooley says he expects to show what he can do as fullback in Thursday’s preseason opener at Buffalo. He played it in drills and against Dallas last year. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Chris Cooley says he expects to show what he can do as fullback in Thursday’s preseason opener at Buffalo. He played it in drills and against Dallas last year. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Chris Cooley says he expects to show what he can do as fullback in Thursday’s preseason opener at Buffalo. He played it in drills and against Dallas last year. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) makes his way to afternoon practice at training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, August 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins released tight end Chris Cooley on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Chris Cooley signs autographs for fans following afternoon workouts at the Washington Redskins' training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., on Monday, July 30, 2012. (The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) signs autographs for fans following afternoon practice on the first day of training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, left, talks with tight end Chris Cooley (47) following afternoon practice on the first day of training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (center) stretches during afternoon practice on the first day of training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn. Cooley, who is entering his ninth season, is coming back from injuries that limited him to just five games in 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (center) stretches during afternoon practice on the first day of training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn. Cooley, who is entering his ninth season, is coming back from injuries that limited him to just five games in 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47), center, stretches during afternoon practice on the first day of training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Fred Davis suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles on Sunday in the Redskins' loss to the Giants, and Chris Cooley is expected to fill the tight end vacancy. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the veteran is closing in on a new contract with Washington, and he could be signed by Monday morning. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is unsure what his role will be alongside Logan Paulson and Niles Paul, but he's excited to get back on the field. (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47), left, Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman (8), center, and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10), right, warm up before an organized team activity at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 31, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47), left, and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10), right, share a laugh as they warm up before an organized team activity at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 31, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) speaks to members of the media at the conclusion of the first day of organized team activity at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Monday, May 21, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"I feel like even if I'm not the guy ... I'm going to still be a major factor on this team and on this offense," Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said. Cooley, who will turn 30 on July 11, is two seasons removed totaling 849 yards receiving, which tied his career high. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) speaks to members of the media at the conclusion of the first day of organized team activity at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Monday, May 21, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) works out on the first day of organized team activity at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Monday, May 21, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)