In the same week, Niles Paul went from being promoted to the Washington Redskins' first-team tight end to being lost for the season with a fractured ankle. Factor in Logan Paulsen (toe) possibly needing season-ending surgery and the always injured Jordan Reed (hamstring) currently sidelined and the Redskins clearly need some more help.
Here's a quick look at some potential non-Chris Cooley replacements, including available free agents:
* Starting with the in-house candidates, the other options are all inexperienced. Je'Ron Hamm (eye) also suffered an injury in Thursday's win over the Browns. Undrafted rookie free agent Devin Mahina impressed early in camp. Chase Dixon rounds out the unit. Those three have as many NFL receptions as Dan Marino has Super Bowl rings. Upside is one thing, but the Redskins need help immediately.
* Zach Miller - Probably the most accomplished free agent option available. Has 328 receptions during his eight-year career. Most of those receptions came during his four seasons with Oakland though he had 33 for the 2013 Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks. Only played three games last season and required season-ending ankle surgery. The Seahawks released the 30-year-old in March. Worth noting Miller signed with Seattle when current Redskins GM Scot McCloughan was making such decisions.
* Joel Dreessen - Another veteran with a decent resume who is recovering from surgery. The ex-Bronco had knee surgery in February and received his walking papers in July. Dreessen, 33, didn't play at all in 2014. Caught a career-high 41 passes in 2012.
* Fred Davis - Well, everyone seems to want an ex-Redskin tight end coming back. Fine, not this one. Like Cooley, Davis is available. In this case, that's because the Patriots cut bait with him earlier this year. Davis always oozed potential, but turning upside into production often proved elusive. He didn't play in the NFL last season and has 31 receptions since 2012. Long shot and probably no shot here.
* Ted Bolser, Washington's seventh round pick last season, bounced around over the last year and landed with Arizona. However, he was cut by the Cardinals last week and has reportedly retired.