Chris Cooley re-signs with Redskins
There was no low rumble of his name, nor was there a sea of number 47 jerseys obliterating any surrounding team memorabilia.
But at Redskins Park Wednesday, there was Chris Cooley. He was back to his quiet routine, miles away from the raucous crowds at Fed Ex Field.
"I sat and took nice high school notes all day and had my little cup of coffee," Cooley said. "It was not chaos."
The nine-year veteran re-signed with the Redskins on Monday, shortly after the team placed starting tight end Fred Davis on season-ending injured reserve. While the circumstance is far from ideal, teammates welcomed Cooley's leadership back into the locker room.
"I'm very happy because I didn't want to see him go like that," wide receiver Santana Moss said. "I hated to see Fred go down, but immediately when I saw that he won't be able to come back, Chris came into my head."
On paper, it's just another move in an ever-revolving door of injuries and transactions to the 53-man roster. But for the Washington community, it means so much more.
Following Cooley's release in August, there was an outpouring of support from fans and media alike. Washington Post columnist Mike Wise wrote a flattering piece on Cooley that quickly spread through the Twitterverse.
In that column, Cooley told Wise, "I'm not dying." However, a small part of many Redskins fans certainly did, and they let the team stalwart know it.
"It's been pretty unbelievable the way people feel about me and feel about me playing," Cooley said. "I can say the Redskins made my cell phone very popular this year."
In Cooley's eyes, Kirk Cousins is no doubt popular. The rookie offered up his locker upon Cooley's return.
"Kirk Cousins is the nicest guy in the world and he said, 'I want to give you your locker back,' and he moved his stuff," Cooley said. "I didn't really tell him that he had to. It's a good joke to say that he had to."
Cooley isn't yet sure what his role will be, but added he's in good shape and ready for the Steelers on Sunday.
"I've always loved the game," Cooley said. "I think it was nice to sit back and look around and watch football games and watch the league. I looked at it and thought, 'I can definitely do this. I know I'm as good as a lot of these players.' So it's a good opportunity to do that."