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Aaron Rodgers offers update on toe injury

Aaron Rodgers on the sideline

Aaron Rodgers once again played extremely well in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, but he said his toe felt worse after the game than it did previously. Still, the Green Bay Packers star does not sound all that concerned about the injury.

Rodgers offered an update on his fractured pinky toe during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday. He said it was “definitely hurting” after his team’s 45-30 win over the Bears, but he insists it is not going to be a problem or stop him from playing. Rodgers added that he probably won’t practice much “unless there’s significant improvement.”

Rodgers went 29/37 for 341 and four touchdown passes against Chicago. It was his third straight game with 300-plus yards passing. He has continued to play at an MVP level despite the injury, even though he had what he described as a “setback” on Sunday.

Rodgers has said he is unsure if he will have to undergo surgery. He will almost certainly hold off until the offseason if he does, unless something drastic changes. He has to play through pain for the time being, as there is only so much doctors can do about the injury.

Photo: Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Davante Adams calls out Bears player for mocking Aaron Rodgers

Davante Adams

Aaron Rodgers seems to torch any opponent that is bold enough to mock him over his patented championship belt celebration, and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams does not understand why the reigning MVP keeps getting the opportunity.

Chicago Bears linebacker Robert Quinn sacked Rodgers early in Sunday’s game and broke out the belt celebration. Rodgers then proceeded to throw for 341 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-30 win. On Monday, Adams sent a funny tweet questioning anyone who dares to mock Rodgers with the belt move.

He’s certainly not the only one who wonders that.

Even Rodgers issued a warning to those who mock his celebration after Sunday’s game. It clearly motivates him when he sees other players do it, which is why he has been saying for years that he likes when it happens.

Adams, who is Rodgers’ favorite target, helped make the Bears pay. He caught 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay’s victory. Coaches should probably tell their players to think twice before breaking out the belt dance.

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Aaron Rodgers has warning for those mocking his belt celebration

Robert Quinn mocks Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is used to opponents mocking his championship belt celebration when they make big plays against him, but the Green Bay Packers star almost always gets the last laugh. That was the case once again on Sunday night.

Chicago Bears linebacker Robert Quinn sacked Rodgers early in Sunday’s game and broke out the belt celebration. Most fans immediately questioned what Quinn was thinking.

As he has done in the past, Rodgers responded by lighting up the scoreboard. The Packers scored on five of their seven drives after Quinn did the belt celebration. Rodgers went 29/37 for 341 yards and four touchdown passes in Green Bay’s 45-30 victory. After the game, he issued a warning to those who choose to taunt him.

Opposing players have been mocking Rodgers over his trademark celebration for years. Jamal Adams did it last month (video here), and the Packers went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-0. Rodgers didn’t play that well, but he still walked away with a win.

Rodgers has been saying for years that he likes when players do the belt celebration, and it’s easy to see why. It obviously motivates him. You have to wonder why opponents keep doing him the favor.

Aaron Rodgers had setback with toe injury in Bears win

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

Aaron Rodgers on Sunday had another standout game for the Green Bay Packers, but there was one downside.

Rodgers went 29/37 for 341 and four touchdown passes in a 45-30 win over the Chicago Bears. The game marked Rodgers’ third straight 300-plus yard game and third 4-touchdown game of the season.

Despite his big game, Rodgers said he suffered a setback with his toe injury. He said his toe actually felt worse despite having some time off due to the bye week.

Rodgers also said he was unsure if he would get surgery for his toe.

Rodgers already knew that he would have to play through pain during the season. He was also trying to avoid surgery. But now he may have hit a point where he has to do something about his injury.

Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Doctors unable to numb Aaron Rodgers’ painful toe injury

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers has been playing through a toe injury for several weeks now, and the Green Bay Packers star is going to have to continue to fight through the pain for the remainder of the season.

Rodgers fractured his left pinkie toe while working out during his COVID-19 quarantine. He has opted against surgery to this point, and many have assumed he is receiving injections to numb the pain so he can play. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter was told by a source that it is not that simple.

According to Schefter, doctors cannot completely numb Rodgers’ toe. The reason is that he needs to be able to feel his left foot to plant when he throws, otherwise it will drag.

Schefter also notes that surgery would require placing a pin in Rodgers’ foot, which is something he could not play through. That is apparently why Rodgers will not have a procedure, though he claimed recently that he would still be able to play even if he did.

As long as Rodgers can tolerate the pain, he will likely push the surgery off. He has six touchdowns and no interceptions in his last two starts and has appeared to move around just fine. At this point, Rodgers seems more annoyed about the information that is leaking than the injury itself.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers not worried about Bears using his trash talk as motivation

Aaron Rodgers on the sideline

Aaron Rodgers delivered possibly the most savage trash talk of his career the last time the Green Bay Packers faced the Chicago Bears, and it would not be a surprise if his opponents attempt to use that as motivation ahead of Sunday night’s rematch. As you might expect, Rodgers doesn’t seem too concerned about that.

It was during the Packers’ Oct. 17 win over Chicago that Rodgers shouted “I still own you!” at Bears fans following a key touchdown run. The reigning MVP later explained that he ruthlessly taunted the Soldier Field fans because one of them flipped him the bird.

The Bears seem to be taking it personally, anyway. Head coach Matt Nagy was asked on Wednesday if his team will use Rodgers’ trash talk as motivation, and he gave a telling response.

Rodgers doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. He reiterated on Wednesday that the taunt was a response to being given the double-bird. He also said he expects the Bears to use it as bulletin-board material.

It’ll probably take a lot more than bulletin-board material for the Bears to beat the Packers on the road. Green Bay is nearly a two-touchdown favorite in the game, and for good reason.

Rodgers doesn’t have much love for Chicago. He reminded us of that earlier this year when asked if he would ever play for the Bears. The two rivals shouldn’t need added motivation when facing off, but the Bears could use the added edge any way they can get it.

Photo: Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers unaffected by Jordan Love’s COVID thanks to special rule

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, raising speculation about Aaron Rodgers’ status as a potential close contact. As it turns out, there is no reason for concern from Rodgers’ standpoint.

One rule in the NFL’s health protocols ensures that Rodgers will be able to play Sunday regardless of Love’s status. Rodgers is on a testing holiday due to his own recent bout with COVID-19. That means he does not have to isolate or take extra precautions despite his potential status as a close contact.

Rodgers missed the Packers’ Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to his own positive test. That sparked a significant public furor over his vaccination status. Vaccination does not play a role in the testing holiday either, however.

The issue of close contacts is one that teams definitely worry about after what happened to the Denver Broncos’ quarterback room in 2020. Rodgers’ testing exemption ensures that the issue will not impact him this week.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers thinks he knows source of toe surgery leaks

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers’ toe has been at the center of the NFL world over the past two weeks. What a world, right?

Previously, Rodgers had to set the record straight about him supposedly having “COVID toe.”

Now the Green Bay Packers quarterback is facing reports about whether or not he will undergo toe surgery. A report on Monday suggested Rodgers wasn’t going to undergo surgery “at this time.”

During his weekly Tuesday appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers shared his theory on how some of these stories get leaked to reporters.

“With these reports, I don’t know where they’re coming from. I don’t know who’s talking. It seems like there are certain coaches that may have friends in the media that they don’t realize are actually just trying to report things,” Rodgers said.

McAfee’s co-host AJ Hawk asked Rodgers whether he thinks it’s Packers coaches leaking information. Rodgers said he thought so.

Rodgers also provided clarity on how the surgery would affect him. He said he hopes to avoid an operation, but he wouldn’t expect to miss time even if he undergoes the surgery.

The 38-year-old has passed for 2,878 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. At 9-3, Rodgers’ Packers are tied for the most wins in the NFL.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers explains ramifications of potential foot surgery

Aaron Rodgers on the sideline

Aaron Rodgers has been playing through a foot injury that could require surgery before the end of the season, but that would not be as much of a nightmare scenario for the Green Bay Packers as it sounds.

A report on Monday said Rodgers is going to rest his fractured toe during the bye week and is not planning to undergo surgery “at this time.” That sparked some panic among Packers fans. Rodgers provided another update on the injury during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He said there would be no need for him to miss a game even if he did have surgery.

That makes sense given the current situation in Green Bay. The Packers improved to 9-3 with a convincing win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. They are a clear Super Bowl contender and one of the best teams in the NFC. Rodgers has already been playing at a high level despite the injury, so it would be a surprise if he had to miss any time.

Rodgers completed 28 of 45 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Rams. He also made light of the foot issue with a funny change to his social media profile last week. Unless the pain becomes unbearable, he will almost certainly continue to play through it.

Photo: Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Latest report about Aaron Rodgers’ toe injury worries Packers fans

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers has been playing through a toe injury that sounds quite painful, but it does not appear to have significantly impacted his performance. The assumption is that the Green Bay Packers star will continue to fight through it, but the latest report about the injury left open the possibility that he will not be able to.

Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported on Monday that Rodgers does not plan to undergo surgery on his fractured toe “at this time.” Rapoport noted that the phrase “at this time” is key.

What exactly does that mean? It could be that Rodgers will eventually need surgery. If that is the case, the Packers obviously hope it can wait until the offseason.

The Packers improved to 9-3 with a convincing win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. They are a clear Super Bowl contender and one of the best teams in the NFC. Rodgers will be able to rest his toe during the Week 13 bye, but he has already admitted the injury is not going to go away anytime soon.

Rodgers completed 28 of 45 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Rams. He also made light of the foot issue with a funny change to his social media profile last week. Unless the pain becomes unbearable, he will almost certainly continue to play through it.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports