august 28, 2012 • 06:16 PM • last update 06:17 PM

Redskins part ways with tight end Cooley

In this Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley warms up before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Landover, Md.
Foto: AP in English

The Washington Redskins have released tight end Chris Cooley.

The 30-year-old Cooley has spent his entire eight-season NFL career with Washington. He has 428 career receptions, including three seasons of at least 70.

Injuries limited him to five games and eight receptions last season. The Redskins plan to use Fred Davis as their starting tight end.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says parting with the two-time Pro Bowl selection was "as tough as it gets."