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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Todd Yoder's wife tore Chris Cooley's meniscus

By Dan Steinberg

Chris Cooley told reporters after the Redskins' final game that he was going to have offseason arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He didn't tell them it was because he got kicked by Todd Yoder's wife during the offseason.

Cooley concluded his weekly Friday appearances with the Junkies by talking about his knee surgery, and revealing that Yoder's wife -- an accomplished lacrosse star and former player with the Tampa Tempest of the Independent Women's Football League -- was to blame. He also said he deliberately kept the injury out of the press.

"I didn't want anyone to know I had a knee issue," Cooley said. "I had two meniscus tears in my knee. One was from 2005 when we played the Giants, and another one was from Todd Yoder's wife in a limousine. She's ruthless. She kicked me. I was falling asleep on the way home. She didn't want me to fall asleep."

Cooley said they were all returning from ECitie Restaurant & Bar in Tysons last spring when the incident happened. And I'm told that he actually wasn't joking; he can't say for sure, but he really believes this kick was responsible for the tear. As for the impact of a meniscus tear,

"It's almost like a hangnail in your knee," Cooley explained. "Your cartilage just kind of flicks up and rubs around and messes with you. When it first happens it's really painful, for about a month. I played in '05 about 10 games with it, and then it really calmed down so I just let it go. Same with the other one; it had calmed down a bit, but through this year it was getting swollen quite a bit. And then I was starting to get tendinitis, so I just figured I'd take care of it."

By Dan Steinberg  | January 7, 2011; 12:52 PM ET
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Comments

First to say.....Cooley most likely will be traded

Posted by: TFizzle | January 7, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice...we have a replacement for Gano!!

Posted by: smabell | January 7, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Yoder's wife probably thought she was being cute at the time. Somebody should tell her that not every player in the NFL is a ditch digger like her husband. Cooley is a multi million dollar investment.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 7, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

This guy has a habit of making news for weird stuff like this. Trading him for a couple decent picks looks really appealling right about now.

Posted by: dbunkr | January 7, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

In what is being said is a pretty deep draft...we could use a couple of late picks to help with the two we are already missing...Plus Davis and the new kid (paulsinsky?sp..) we should be decent

Posted by: TFizzle | January 7, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I love when people post "most likely to be traded" ...I like Cooley as player, but I bet the trade value for him is a lot lower than you think.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | January 7, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Randy Moss brought in a 3rd pick midseason! So i guess all you need is one team that feels they are a playmaking TE away. I was thinking more of a 4th/5th rounders would be fine too btw

Posted by: TFizzle | January 7, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how quickly people on this blog turn on our favorite players. One minute Cooley is the most popular athlete in town, the next minute he drops a TD in a meaningless game and the fans want to trade him. (And yes, he has always been more "popular" than Ovie, even if Ovie is clearly the best athlete in town).

Posted by: this_guy | January 7, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

He will always be a popular athlete and this is not a reaction to him dropping a sure TD. The problem with us fans is that we are not willing to accept that we are in rebuilding mode. We are 2-3 years away really from competing anywhere near the mid-upper echelon in the NFL. All I am saying is we should rebuild and since the cabinet is bare, use what we have to restock the draft picks we don't have.

Posted by: TFizzle | January 7, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Cooley is the best (only?) real receiving threat that we have, esp with Santana becoming a free agent, so why would we trade him? Plus, there are a ton of good pass catching TEs in the NFL and even so, he's still just a TE, which usually doesn't equal much in trades.

Posted by: malarsk | January 7, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Armstrong can catch and so can Davis. Allz me thinks is its worth a shot. I am not saying dump him for a bag of chips. But lets say Al Davis thinks that Campbell would like ol' reliable to help him further mature....I think we would be dumb not to listen atleast.

Posted by: TFizzle | January 7, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Armstrong can catch and so can Davis. Allz me thinks is its worth a shot. I am not saying dump him for a bag of chips. But lets say Al Davis thinks that Campbell would like ol' reliable to help him further mature....I think we would be dumb not to listen atleast.

Posted by: TFizzle | January 7, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Cooley... A man of the people

Posted by: Scoonie97 | January 7, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how quickly people on this blog turn on our favorite players. One minute Cooley is the most popular athlete in town, the next minute he drops a TD in a meaningless game and the fans want to trade him.

Posted by: this_guy

The comments are incredibly negative most of the time about whatever topic comes up. That's the way a lot of people are. I'm glad when I see people like you commenting who aren't mired in negativity. Cooley has been a terrific player for us. And in my opinion, anyone who wants to get rid of Cooley and make do with Davis doesn't understand football. We're lucky to have Cooley, despite his dropped passes at the end of the season. That was so uncharacteristic, you just knew something was wrong. Maybe it was the concussion. Maybe it was the knee. The biggest mistake of the special ones who play with real courage is to sometimes play through injuries that they should admit to having. Sometimes they do more harm than good if they stay in there instead of resting their injuries. But these things are subjective calls. Cooley probably thought he could go, and he thought he could be of help. And I won't fault him for it. I'd rather have a team full of 47's than the ones who put themselves first and have no discipline or courage.

Posted by: OintheSierras | January 7, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

An NFL tight-end hurt by a chick? I'm tired of this nonsense, & mediocre, at best, seasons.If he has value, trade him for some picks, and rebuild the O&D lines. Accept lower expectations the next few years, as the team gets younger, faster, & hopefully, more talented.

Posted by: Hattrik | January 7, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Damn, he still had a fine season for a tight end. His blocking really improved this year and with a decent line providing a solid running game his numbers will only increase. Don't trade him, he will be a top 5 TE for at least 4 more years.

Posted by: ericroks | January 7, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Never trade a good player without a reason. If he is lazy, old, tired, slow, uncoachable, then trade them away. If they are good, coachable, dependable, and productive it is not a good policy to trade. Players want security and rewards for their efforts, not just theirs, but their teammates as well.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 7, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

OintheSierras is spot on. There are a very large number of dumb fans who think that the other NFL franchises are banging down the door for players that we feel are expendable. I like to call these fans the Vinny Cerrato fans. They think that every NFL GM is as stupid as Cerrato was, that other teams will just hand over draft picks for players that won't help them win. What team is a 3 TD scoring tight end away from a championship?

Let's look at the teams in the playoffs this year.

NE-2 quality rookie TE

NYJ-Keller is younger and had more TDs

Pit-Heath Miller, enough said

Bal-Heap and a couple of young TE

Ind-didn't miss a beat putting in their young TE

KC-Moeaki, a rookie with just as many TD catches

Phi-Celek is younger and had more TD catches

GB-Jermichael Finley will be a monster barring injuries

Chi-Olsen is younger and had more TDs

NO-Graham, rookie with more TD catches

Sea-shouldn't even be a playoff team. But you could put Tony Gonzalez in his prime on this team and they wouldn't be a contender.

So, to the Vinny Cerratos out there, who would give up any significant pick for Chris Cooley?

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | January 7, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

OintheSierras is spot on. There are a very large number of dumb fans who think that the other NFL franchises are banging down the door for players that we feel are expendable. I like to call these fans the Vinny Cerrato fans. They think that every NFL GM is as stupid as Cerrato was, that other teams will just hand over draft picks for players that won't help them win. What team is a 3 TD scoring tight end away from a championship?

Let's look at the teams in the playoffs this year.

NE-2 quality rookie TE

NYJ-Keller is younger and had more TDs

Pit-Heath Miller, enough said

Bal-Heap and a couple of young TE

Ind-didn't miss a beat putting in their young TE

KC-Moeaki, a rookie with just as many TD catches

Phi-Celek is younger and had more TD catches

GB-Jermichael Finley will be a monster barring injuries

Chi-Olsen is younger and had more TDs

NO-Graham, rookie with more TD catches

Sea-shouldn't even be a playoff team. But you could put Tony Gonzalez in his prime on this team and they wouldn't be a contender.

So, to the Vinny Cerratos out there, who would give up any significant pick for Chris Cooley?

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | January 7, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If yoder's wife is kicking Cooley in a limousine because she didn't want him to fall asleep, ,my question is what business is it of hers if he does sleep??? And where is her husband??? The larger question is where is Cooley's wife and why didn't she kick Yoder's wife back????????

Posted by: pentagon40 | January 7, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

eCitie? who goes there? In a limo? The guys from Microstrategies with the tequila?

kicked for trying to get some shut eye after slamming green bottles all night. Damn, woman, leave my a** alone.

Posted by: TheDubb | January 7, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

what a strange story, but,hey it's the Skins under Dani. Nothng should surprise me anymore...

Posted by: 23lil | January 7, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

a football player ..that makes over 5,6 plus.....7 10 millions of dollars a year "is kicked in limo and is claiming surgery.


wow

the police should look into that

Posted by: dskelly1 | January 8, 2011 1:35 AM | Report abuse

somebody hurt you.....in a limo

Posted by: dskelly1 | January 8, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

somebody kicked you so hard....that you had to (after an nfl season) claimed that someone kicked you...in a car...weird

Posted by: dskelly1 | January 8, 2011 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Cooley jerseys sell more then any other Redskin. For that reason alone, Snyder won't allow him to be traded.

Posted by: anw821 | January 8, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

First to say.....Cooley most likely will be traded

Posted by: TFizzle | January 7, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse
Right, he's a good player but you have to free up plays for F. Davis-and we need more draft pix for young linemen!

Posted by: dhenken1 | January 8, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Cooley is more popular than Ovechkin? On what planet do you live? The two time MVP, scoring champ, goals champ, best player voted by his peers? That Ovechkin? The guy the fans stand for long periods of time chanting MVP when he scores? That Ovechkin? The guy who single handedly made the Capitals relevant before getting enough help to be the highest scoring team in his entire league? That Ovechkin?

You really cannot be serious to think that a TE on our sorry ass disgrace of a football team is more popular than arguably the best player on the planet in his sport. Maybe a QB, possibly if he was huge a RB, but a TE? I said arguably so no need for the Pittsburgh fans to chime in.

I don't think he gets traded either, but let's not get overboard and call him the most popular player in town. I wouldnt even place his above Backstrom, Fletcher, Wall, or even possibly Strasburg.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | January 8, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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