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Buster Skrine's hand injury has him excited for interceptions

New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (41) runs

New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (41) runs drills against cornerback Marcus Williams (20) at the Jets' Atlantic Health Training Center on Monday, August 10, 2015 in Florham Park, N.J. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Could a hand injury be a blessing for Buster Skrine?

After breaking the fifth metacarpal in his left hand during last week's loss in New England, the Jets slot cornerback plans to play this week with several fingers taped together. And it might just work to his advantage, he said.

"Last year, I broke my thumb in Cleveland," the former Brown said after practicing Wednesday with his left pinkie and ring finger wrapped tightly together with green tape. "And I got all my picks with my cast. And once I took the cast off, I didn't get no more. So it might be good luck."

Skrine -- who suffered a concussion in Week 6 against the Redskins -- also sprained his right shoulder in the Jets' 30-23 loss to the Patriots. But the 5-9, 185-pound cornerback didn't hesitate when asked about his status for Sunday's game in Oakland.

"Yeah, I'm playing," he said.

Skrine also told reporters that his shoulder -- which he injured when he drilled Patriots receiver Julian Edelman during the game -- is "perfectly fine."

"I knew it was a good hit," Skrine said, smiling, when asked about his clean but hard tackle on Edelman. "But I was trying to get my shoulder checked on right after that."


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