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‘Skins lose Fred Davis for the season

Fred Davis

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who signed a one-year franchise tender for 2012, probably won’t be on the wrong end of the franchise tag again.

Davis, we’re told, has a torn Achilles tendon. It means that he’ll most definitely miss the rest of the year, and that the Redskins likely won’t be willing to give him a 120-percent raise over his 2012 salary in order to keep him in town for another year.

It also means that the Redskins could be inclined to finally bring back Chris Cooley, who was cut before the season and who has remained unsigned. The in-house options are Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen.

Usually, serious injuries like this can’t be diagnosed without an MRI or other diagnostic testing. But when the Achilles tendon is torn, it’s usually obvious by feeling the back of the heel for the tendon and realizing it’s not there.