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Redskins TE Cooley admits playing with concussion vs. Colts

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ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said Monday that he kept playing after suffering a concussion during the previous day's loss to the Indianapolis Colts before finally removing himself from the game.

Cooley said he was hurt during the second quarter of Sunday's 27-24 defeat. He said the hit was a "little bit of a bell-ringer" but not forceful enough to knock him out.

"I came off the field and took a breath and thought 'Wow,'" Cooley said in his regular weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan. "I've actually had a few concussions in the past -- I don't remember anything. I was totally there yesterday. I remember every part of the game. I remember all the plays."

Cooley said he passed "all the doctors' test and stuff" and returned to the game in the second half, catching two passes in the third quarter. He said he "didn't want to accept" that he was hurt.

"But as I kept playing, I started getting more and more of a headache," Cooley said. "And I was a little bit slow, and I went over to our trainers. ... I felt like stuff was happening way faster than (it) was happening. It just got to the point where I felt like I wasn't helping the team to be out there, and I definitely wasn't helping myself."

Cooley said he underwent a series of tests Monday and indicated he would have a CT scan Tuesday. He must be symptom-free for two days before he's allowed to practice, which means he might be able to play in this week's game at Chicago.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he wasn't certain when Cooley was hurt, but fellow tight end Fred Davis said it was on a helmet-to-helmet hit.

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"He was running a route, and a guy just ran straight into him with a head shot," Davis told Comcast SportsNet after the game.

Shanahan said Cooley, a two-time Pro Bowl tight end, was showing a competitive nature by continuing to play.

"Throughout my career, most people do try to do that," Shanahan said. "He's a competitor, probably didn't think it was anything big and wanted to go back in there. And we could see very quickly that something was wrong, and that's why he was out."

Cooley has 28 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns this season. He and Santana Moss have become Donovan McNabb's primary targets, but Davis, a third-year pro, would start if Cooley can't play.

This was the second week in a row that the Redskins have had a player suffer a concussion. Rocky McIntosh was hurt one week earlier against the Green Bay Packers and didn't play against the Colts.

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