Loss of Cooley can be overcome by his owners 

October, 27, 2009
10/27/09
12:13
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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley seems to be a pretty interesting guy, outgoing and personable, diverse and multifaceted, so he'll find plenty to keep him busy during the second half of the NFL season. But it appears playing football likely won't be one of those activities.

Cooley reportedly broke his right ankle in the Redskins' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. There's no confirmation of this injury yet, but Cooley, who hasn't missed a game in his career, might be done for the season. (At least now he'll have more time to blog on his Web site.)

An unfortunate injury, to be sure, but his fantasy owners will be fine. Cooley is also one of us, as his history of playing fantasy football has been chronicled by me, colleague Matthew Berry and others, and I bet even he would tell you his loss, although sad for him, doesn't change the fantasy landscape very much. (It doesn't change the plight of the Redskins' season much, either, but that's a different story.) The tight end position is, in my opinion, the deepest position in fantasy football this season; for instance, when ranking players for Week 7, I wanted to find room for more than 10 tight ends among the top 10 at the position, even with six teams on bye. Cooley, the sixth tight end selected on draft day and currently No. 12 in scoring at the position, was of course one of them.