The Washington Times - October 28, 2009, 11:41AM

The Redskins just said that as he predicted on Tuesday, tight end Chris Cooley is expected back in four weeks instead of missing the rest of the season as was feared when he was carted off the field during the second quarter of Monday’s 27-17 loss to the Eagles.

Cooley had the chip in his right tibia successfully repaired this morning by surgeon Mark Myerson at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore.


With the Redskins off this week, a return in four weeks would mean that Cooley, a Pro Bowl selection the past two seasons, could be back for the Nov. 29 rematch with the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Second-year man Fred Davis, who led both teams with eight catches for 78 yards on Monday while playing the final three quarters in Cooley’s place, will start the next three games against Atlanta, Denver and Dallas.

Cooley leads the Redskins with 29 catches, is tied with receiver Santana Moss with two touchdown grabs and is second to Moss with 332 receiving yards.

The absences the next three games will be the first for Cooley, who has played in all 87 Redskins games since he was drafted in 2004, starting 80.

— David Elfin