Cooley has successful surgery

Updated: October 28, 2009, 8:48 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins say tight end Chris Cooley could return to action in a month after having an operation on his broken right ankle.

Cooley's surgery was Wednesday, two days after he was injured in the first half of Washington's 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins originally feared the two-time Pro Bowl player could be sidelined for two months and might have to go on injured reserve, missing the rest of the season.

After Wednesday's operation, though, he is expected to miss four weeks, barring any setbacks.

Cooley, who has never missed a game since the Redskins drafted him in the third round in 2004, has 29 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns this season.


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