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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

Video: Joe Buck trolls Aaron Rodgers over ‘immunized’ comment

Joe Buck

Aaron Rodgers is still taking a lot of heat for his handling of Covid-19 and some of the comments he made about it.

Rodgers is dealing with a fractured toe, and FOX’s Erin Andrews reported during Sunday’s broadcast that he had taken a painkilling injection to help play through it. Andrews reported that Rodgers essentially felt like he was playing with nine toes, having numbed the fractured one.

Joe Buck then took over with a pretty savage comment.

“So Erin is telling us that he’s had that toe immunized against the pain,” Buck said dryly.

Buck is referencing Rodgers’ now-infamous comment about being “immunized” when asked if he had been vaccinated against Covid-19. It turned out that he was referring to a homeopathic treatment he underwent, and the quarterback later apologized for the misleading nature of his remark.

Buck has been on a roll with the snarky commentary lately. Rodgers probably won’t like it, but plenty of viewers likely did.

Photo: Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; FOX analyst Joe Buck before the NFC Divisional Playoff football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers changes Twitter profile picture in response to injury controversy

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers may be in what is potentially his final season as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, but he will always be the starting quarterback for Team Petty.

As a response to the recent controversy over his toe injury, Rodgers made a fitting update to his Twitter profile picture on Wednesday — he changed it to a picture of his foot.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, the reigning NFL MVP, who is dealing with a broken toe on his left foot, lifted up the foot and showed it off to reporters. Rodgers was unhappy about a recent report that suggested his toe injury was a result of his bout with COVID-19 earlier this month.

The 37-year-old has openly shared the details of his injury but is adamant that it is not so-called “COVID toe,” which can cause discoloration to the appendage. Rodgers’ latest Twitter profile picture is a reminder of that.

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 blasts ‘COVID toe’ report, shares full story of injury

Aaron Rodgers shows off his toe injury

Aaron Rodgers has been quite forthcoming about the extent of his toe injury this week, and he shared even more details about it on Wednesday. The Green Bay Packers star also blasted a report that claimed the ailment is related to his recent bout of COVID-19.

During his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday, Rodgers joked that “COVID toe” is the only lingering impact he has had from COVID-19. Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal took Rodgers seriously and published a column on Wednesday claiming the reigning MVP almost certainly has “COVID toe,” which apparently is a complication some people have experienced after they contracted COVID-19. Beaton noted that the condition causes “discoloration and lesions” and “can be extremely painful and turn the toes purple.”

Beaton obviously doesn’t know how snarky and sarcastic Rodgers can be. On Wednesday, Rodgers ripped the Wall Street Journal and said he has a fractured toe. He sustained the injury while working out on his own during quarantine.

Rodgers was also kind enough to show his toe to reporters to prove he doesn’t have any lesions or other “COVID toe” symptoms.

Rodgers said after Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings that his injury is worse than turf toe and will likely linger for a while. He then provided more details on McAfee’s show and said the injury is related to his bone. We now know it is a fracture of his pinky toe.

It’s no surprise Rodgers seized the opportunity to prove a member of the media wrong. He also blasted the media when discussing his vaccination status earlier this month.

The broken toe is something Rodgers will have to continue to play through. He said he plans to do that and is hoping Green Bay’s Week 13 bye will help him heal.

Aaron Rodgers shares new details about his toe injury

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a toe injury that he has openly admitted is not minor, and the Green Bay Packers star shared some more details about the lingering ailment on Tuesday.

During his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers reiterated what he said following Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings — his injury is worse than turf toe. He also revealed that the issue pertains to his bone, not a ligament. Unlike turf toe, which is an injury to the big toe, Rodgers says his injury is with his pinky toe.

“Naturally, I’m leading people to believe that if it’s worse than turf toe there must be some sort of bone issue,” Rodgers said. “It’s better (to be) the fifth toe than the first toe or even the second or third or probably fourth toe. … I have a toe injury that’s not going away, and I’m gonna be dealing with it for at least the next few weeks.

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The Packers have a huge game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday and then have their bye week. Rodgers said Sunday that he is optimistic his injury will heal some during the bye, but it’s clear he expects to deal with it for several weeks and potentially the remainder of the year.

Packers fans can take comfort in the fact that Rodgers still threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns against Minnesota even with the injury. However, they should expect more moments going forward like the one that caused an uproar just before halftime. The injury is something Rodgers and Green Bay’s training staff are going to have to manage.

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