Chris Cooley says his rehab was hurt by lockout

The goal for Chris Cooley is to rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee and thus avoid microfracture surgery that could put the career of the Washington Redskins tight end in jeopardy.

Cooley was placed on season-ending injured reserve after his knee continued to plague him and Dr. James Andrews recommended he shut it down. According to the Washington Times, Cooley said he’s had 100 CCs drained from his knee 15 times this season.

I’m a pretty stubborn person. For whatever reason, I have a high pain tolerance,” Cooley said. “When we stepped back and analyzed it again with me having time off, we just said, ‘This is not right. It’s not normal for anyone to do this, and it’s going to get worse.’”

Cooley underwent surgery for a torn meniscus after last season and he believes he’s a victim of the lockout in terms of not being able to rehabilitate properly.

“I’m not blaming anybody, but I feel 100 percent that I’m a casualty for the season of the lockout,” he said. “I think it was a shame that they didn’t let players who had surgeries spend time with the doctors and trainers they trust on a daily basis. I wished I could have. What I went through in July, I think I could have went through in March.”

Now, Cooley has to get better and then plot a future he hopes remains with the Redskins, who he joined in 2004 as a third-round draft pick out of Utah State.

“I’ve been here so long, and this has been such an important part of my life, Washington D.C., I live in Leesburg (Va.),” he said. “I don’t want to run through the tunnel in another uniform. I don’t want to finish my career looking at a team that can win the Super Bowl and say I want to go anywhere just to win the Super Bowl. This will be the only team I care about the rest of my life, and I want to do it with this team.”

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