With Davis done for season, Redskins planning to bring back Cooley

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With Pierre Garcon injured for most of the season, Fred Davis shouldered the big-play burden in the Redskins' passing attack. And he flourished. But Davis' season is done, ended by a torn Achilles tendon in a 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.

The Redskins plan to re-sign Chris Cooley, the franchise's all-time leading pass-catcher at tight end, to replace Davis. They cut him before the season.

Cooley will be at Redskins Park on Monday to take a physical, and if he passes, he will return to the team.

Still, the loss of Davis is a big blow to an offense that continues to roll but is now without a playmaking threat at tight end and its top receiver. Garcon remains sidelined with a bruised foot; when he will return remains uncertain.

"It felt like a cramp at first," Davis said. "I didn't know right away, and when I knew I couldn't walk for at least five or 10 minutes, I knew it was something serious."

Davis leads the Redskins in catches (24) and yards (325) but had yet to catch a touchdown pass. He's also a free agent after the season.

Logan Paulsen (career-high four catches, 76 yards) and Niles Paul split the duties Sunday.

The Redskins also aren't sure about inside linebacker London Fletcher, their defensive leader. He suffered a slight pull of his right hamstring and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive games.

Fletcher was hurt in the third quarter and stayed in for a couple plays before exiting.

"I couldn't go in there and be me," he said. "It's a long way to Sunday. I'll get treatment and do everything I can to get back on the field."

Davis will be unable to do the same.

"I had stuff I wanted to do this year, and I was doing it: yards after the catch, making plays and blocking," he said. "I just have to get better and be ready for next year."

Said quarterback Robert Griffin III: "Not only does he catch the ball. He's great after the catch and a great run blocker. It sucks for everybody. He'll be missed."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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