RICHMOND—A few days after losing two tight ends to season-ending injuries, the Redskins have begun the process of working out free agents.
If former fan favorite Chris Cooley is on their radar, GM Scot McCloughan isn’t saying.
“I’m not going there,” McCloughan said Sunday, asked to address speculation that Cooley could be in the mix.
Cooley, 33, told CSNWashington.com last week that he wants to return to his former team after two seasons out of the NFL. It’s unclear if the interest is mutual, and McCloughan declined to clear up the issue.
“Chris Cooley,” McCloughan added, “he’s a really good Redskin. He’s part of the Redskins still. I’m not going there.”
Starter Niles Paul was lost for the season Thursday when he suffered a serious ankle injury in Cleveland. No. 3 tight end, Logan Paulsen, is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on his toe Monday. Both are expected to be placed on injured reserve later Sunday, a source told CSNWashington.com.
The talented but-injury-prone Jordan Reed, meantime, is working his way back from a hamstring strain that sidelined him against the Browns. He said he hopes to return to practice Monday.
The loss of Paul and Paulsen, though, creates an immediate need at the position.
The Redskins currently have four healthy tight ends on the roster—Reed, Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon and Devin Mahina. The latter three have no regular season experience.
“All three are competing, which I respect,” McCloughan said. “It’s a process of learning, how to do our system. I’m excited about them. They’re going to get a lot of reps now, especially in the games.”
Asked if he’d be comfortable if two of the youngsters made the 53-man roster, McCloughan said: “I can’t say that right now. We have three [preseason] games left. But as we speak this day, I would be.”
On Sunday morning, McCloughan worked out two unidentified free agent tight ends following the walkthrough.