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Packers QB Rodgers says he has fractured toe, does not expect to miss time

By Sports Desk November 24, 2021

Aaron Rodgers has revealed, quite literally, that he has a fractured toe on his left foot. 

The Green Bay Packers quarterback held his bare foot up to the camera as he met with reporters via video conference Wednesday, displaying what appeared to be a swollen pinkie toe. 

Rodgers struggled noticeably with his mobility early in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, leaving the field at the end of the first half to get treatment on his toe. 

During his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, the host joked that Rodgers might have contracted "COVID toe" during his recent bout with coronavirus. 

Rodgers sought to set the record straight, telling reporters he fractured his toe while working out at home during his coronavirus quarantine.

He said he did not realise the extent of the injury until he rejoined the Packers on November 13 before playing the following day against the Seattle Seahawks. 

"Didn't think it was what it was until I got to the facility on Saturday before the game and got X-rayed when I got cleared when I came back in the facility," Rodgers said.

Rodgers did not practice Wednesday and is expected to see only limited action in Friday's workout ahead of this weekend's home game against the Los Angeles Rams. 

He and Packers head coach Matt LaFleur indicated it is a matter of "pain management" at this point, though Rodgers acknowledged he is weighing having surgery during the team's bye week if it would not force him to miss a game. 

"I'll definitely look at all options over the bye and decide what would be best to make sure that I get to the finish line," he said. 

 

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