GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers has a fractured little toe – not a “COVID toe” – and the Green Bay Packers the quarterback even put his bare foot in front of the camera on Wednesday in an effort to fix the exact issue that has been bothering him since returning from his 10-day quarantine earlier this month.
After joking Tuesday during his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee about “COVID toe” – a possible symptom of the virus he tested positive for on November 3 – and after a story in the Wall Street Journal who took those comments as a fact, Rodgers revealed on Wednesday he had a fractured toe, the one he suffered in home practices as he prepared to return to the Packers for their Nov. 14 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’m glad you asked just so I could show you the lesions on my foot here so if I have enough room on this camera let me see if I can,” Rodgers said as he lifted his foot. left in front of the camera during his Zoom press conference. “Oh, oh, there is no injury. Oh, what a surprise. No, this is called disinformation when you perpetuate false information about an individual. I have a fractured toe. “
Rodgers said he expected an apology from the newspaper, but added that he “enjoyed reading this article. It was very, very interesting, but no, I had never heard of it. ‘COVID toe before. Pat made a joke about it on the show, and I mentioned yesterday that it’s worse than a grass toe and it must be a bone problem. “
Aaron Rodgers was clearly waiting for the COVID-toe question because you can hear him say, “I don’t know if I have room to put my toe up there,” at the start of his press conference.
Here is his full answer about his fractured toe – with said toe on screen. pic.twitter.com/hoC2UZTxME
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The toe fracture was so problematic in Sunday’s 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings that Rodgers entered the locker room before the end of the first half, leaving Jordan Love to take the final shots of the second quarter, so that he can undergo treatment at half-time. Although he didn’t specify the treatment, Rodgers was near perfect in the second half, leading touchdowns across all three possessions and throwing just one incompletion – an intentional throwaway – after halftime.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Rodgers will follow a similar training routine to last week, when he only competed on Friday and only in limited capacity, ahead of Sunday’s game against the The Los Angeles Rams at Champ Lambeau. Rodgers did not train on Wednesday.
“Sure, we’ll handle this on a day-to-day basis, but a lot of it will depend on how he feels,” said LaFleur.
Rodgers has insisted he won’t miss a game because of the injury, but will consider surgery during next week’s leave, as long as the procedure doesn’t prevent him from playing.
“There are also surgical options, which wouldn’t involve a lack of time, so luckily we have a good foot guy in town – the best in the business, everyone sends stuff to,” Rodgers said. , referring to the famous foot specialist, Dr Robert Anderson, who moved his practice to Green Bay. “But I will definitely look at all the options and decide what would be best to make sure I get to the finish line.”
He said the injury occurred while he was working on his conditioning during his quarantine. He didn’t know the extent of his injury until he returned to the team the day before the Seahawks game.
“I didn’t think this was what it was until I got to the facility on Saturday before the game and went through x-rays when I was cleared on my return to the game. installation, ”said Rodgers. “It’s just a matter of pain management.”