The Washington Redskins will definitely be playing in their preseason opener without tight end Chris Cooley, who was ruled out by coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday. Cooley had to leave practice on Wednesday, and afterwards, Shanahan declared him out.
"There is concern," Shanahan said. "The knee is sore, but hopefully it keeps on getting better."
Cooley has been struggling with the knee throughout training camp, but it's not expected to be a huge concern going forward. Of course, you never know with these things. Fred Davis, who has been one of the standouts at camp, will replace Cooley in the starting lineup.
Unsurprisingly, running back Ryan Torain also will not play due to a fractured wrist. Shanahan also said that offensive lineman Artis Hicks will be sidelined for the game after having a mild concussion earlier in the week.
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