Chris Cooley’s concussion is serious enough to drive him to see a Concussion Specialist. Furthermore, according to the Washington Post, Cooley has a history of concussions. He suffered three of them in college. What I find a bit ironic is that Cooley suffered his first pro-level concussion while wearing a helmet which is one of seven models being tested by the NFL to determine which helmet offers the most protection. He volunteered to take part in the test. Anyone wanna bet Cooley returns to the classic helmet style when he returns to action?
The Redskins will miss Chris Cooley – no doubt about that. But, his absence will afford Fred Davis the opportunity to start at Chicago and Detroit, which of course means he’ll have more opportunities to be one of McNabb’s prime targets. Speaking of Detroit, ESPN reported this evening that Matthew Stafford will start against the ‘Skins in two weeks. Remember how much he enjoyed playing them last year? It seems as if Washington is the perfect opponent for rookie quarterbacks looking to establish themselves and build confidence. Just ask Sam Bradford.
What can we say about Carlos Rogers? Does he have a nickname? Maybe it’s ‘Brick Hands’, ‘Hands of Stone’, or ‘Rodney Dangerfield Jr.’? Seriously though, you have to give him credit for getting into position to have balls hit him in the hands or on his numbers. His first job is, after all, to defense passes. He does that much. He just doesn’t give the Redskins that extra boost you get from stopping the other team’s offense cold in its tracks and giving the Skins incredible field position. Does Rogers have a depth perception problem? Does he have a neurological disorder? It’s got to be something – surely he simply isn’t able to concentrate and watch the ball into his hands? Sooner or later, his problem will come out. We’ll learn about some minor disability which isn’t so minor when you’re an NFL Cornerback.
Albert Haynesworth. I’ve thought about why Shanahan made him inactive. Yea, I know – he missed a practice. One possible factor could be that Shanny didn’t want Big Al getting hurt as the trade deadline loomed. Speaking of the deadline, the Post reported that Shanahan said Haynesworth “probably won’t be traded”. We reported that back in September based on a tip from the Tennessean’s beat writer who covers the Titans. Jeff Fisher wasn’t willing to give up the compensation the Redskins wanted. Apparently, neither was anyone else.
That’s it for this update. Stay tuned as Ryan and I will continue to monitor the air waves for Redskins’ news. In the meantime, Go Skins!