How Michigan football's Zak Zinter wound up wearing a club on his right hand

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Michigan football right guard Zak Zinter spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since suffering a hand injury that has forced him to wear a cast to begin the season.

“My bone hasn’t healed 100% yet, but with the cast I’m 100% ready to go,” Zinter said. “A few more weeks in that, hopefully, and I’ll be able to get my hand back.”

Zinter told reporters his hand got caught in a teammate’s facemask a few weeks into training camp. The entanglement broke Zinter’s wrist and ultimately led to surgery.

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Though he did not start at right guard in the season opener, Zinter played as an extra offensive lineman in jumbo packages with a club to protect his right hand. He also shuffled through at right guard for a few snaps to get back in the flow of a game after returning to practice a few days earlier.

“I definitely didn’t want to miss the first game back in the Big House with fans,” Zinter said. “My first time in there. So we talked to the doctors, and playing in the club wasn’t going to hurt it anymore.”

Zinter, who is right handed, said he had surgery on the same hand last season.

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“I kind of reverted back to having to use my left hand a little bit,” he said. “But it’s not that bad.”

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: How Michigan football's Zak Zinter suffered right hand injury