Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates suffered a broken finger during Week 5 of the 2016 season. Coates started the season off hot, but the hand injury cost the 24-year-old a possible breakout year. So what has he done to fix his hand? Nothing.
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Coates decided not to undergo surgery to fix the fractures and tendon damage in his left hand and to let it heal on its own. Not only did he break his finger, he also ripped the web between his index and middle fingers and needed stitches.
While talking to the media after practice on Wednesday, Coates decided to show off his mangled hand. If you wondered why he had five dropped passes last season, this is probably the reason.
Coates denies needing special treatment for his jacked up hand. He is one tough dude.
Though his hand doesn’t look healthy, Coates told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that it feels better.
“I just told them I don’t want any more surgery. Actually, it feels better than it did before. It kind of helps you close your hand better,” he told the newspaper.
Coates finished the year with 21 receptions, 435 yards and two touchdowns.