Cofield says his broken hand didn’t hinder his play too much


Barry Cofield, left, hits Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy during Monday’s game. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Nose tackle Barry Cofield expressed satisfaction with how he was able to play in the Washington Redskins’ season-opening defeat Monday night even after suffering a broken bone in his right hand during the preseason.

“It felt good, pretty much pain-free, still giving the bone an opportunity to heal, which is obviously still important at this point,” Cofield said Thursday. “It takes six to eight weeks for a break really to heal like that. I felt like I was able to help the team. [There’s] no substitute for two good hands. But at the same time, I was happy and practice went well for me [Wednesday]. So I don’t expect any changes.”

Cofield said he didn’t make any changes to the way he approached his play.

“I just went out and played,” he said. “Certain blocks were tougher just because my angles and things like that. But I definitely didn’t adjust anything. And that was the plan all along, just to go out and play, do everything normal, play hard, run around. And I feel like I did that. …It’s not ideal. But I felt like I was pretty effective and I don’t feel like I’m hurting the team at all.”

He played Monday with a bulky “club” covering his right hand. Cofield said it will be a weekly decision until his hand heals whether the club remains part of his game-day attire.

“People said they thought the ball was on the ground every time they saw me on the ground,” he said. “They were screaming, ‘Fumble!’ It was funny to hear some of the feedback. But I think I’m gonna stick with the burgundy. Maybe it will throw off the receivers. You know, when I put my hand up, they might think the ball’s been deflected. It’s a fashion statement. I’m gonna stick with it.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● Checking in with Jim Haslett and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy.

● The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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Mike Jones · September 12, 2013