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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

Aaron Rodgers shares concerning update about toe injury

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a toe injury, and it sounds like the injury is not insignificant.

Rodgers was limited in practice during the week due to his toe issue. One report said the injury was “concerning” and that the quarterback would likely have to deal with it for the rest of the season.

Rodgers added a bit of context to the injury after Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. He characterized the injury as worse than turf toe. He said he was trying to gut it out until the team’s Week 13 bye. He also added that he got stepped on in the first half, which made the issue worse.

Rodgers confirmed that the toe was the reason he went to the locker room a bit early for halftime in a move that caused a bit of uproar at the time. The injury didn’t seem to impact the quarterback’s play, as he went 23-for-33 for 385 yards and four touchdowns.

The Packers have now lost two of three, though one of those defeats came with Rodgers sidelined. Still, this is a somewhat concerning update, and suggests that the toe is really bothering Rodgers. If it lingers, it will be another problem Green Bay has to work around for the rest of the year.

Watch: Did Aaron Rodgers call timeout on TD pass play?

Aaron Rodgers calls timeout

The Green Bay Packers may have caught a huge break on their go-ahead touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Rodgers and Davante Adams connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 23-23, and the extra point gave Green Bay a 24-23 lead. There was some confusion on the play, as Rodgers signaled for a timeout just before he received the snap. Keep a close eye on the quarterback in the video below:

Rodgers definitely wanted a timeout. However, it’s difficult to tell if he made the signal before the ball was in play. The timeout signal and the snap seemed to happen simultaneously. Either way, the fact that Rodgers signaled for a timeout might help explain why Adams was wide open.

The Packers benefitted from a badly botched call late last season, but it’s hard to say if the same happened on Sunday. It looked like a bang-bang pay that simply went in Green Bay’s favor.

The Vikings ended up winning on a last-second field goal. Had the result gone the other way, they likely would have been furious about the timeout play.

Aaron Rodgers likely had good reason for heading to tunnel early

Aaron Rodgers waits in the tunnel

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulled a LeBron James just before halftime of his team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but he likely had a very good reason for it.

Rodgers threw a touchdown pass with 30 seconds remaining in the first half to cut Minnesota’s lead to 16-10. Likely assuming that the Packers would not get the ball back, he headed to the locker room a bit early.

Green Bay’s defense forced a quick three-and-out, giving their offense the ball back. Rodgers stood and watched from the tunnel, but he did not return to the field. Instead, Jordan Love came into the game and took a knee with 10 seconds left in the half.

Of course, Twitter went ballistic. Many people accused Rodgers of being a bad teammate, but that ignores the fact that he dealt with a foot injury leading up to the game. As Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes, Rodgers was on his way to the locker room with an athletic trainer when the Packers got the ball back.

The Packers obviously knew they were going to take a knee. Rodgers almost certainly just needed treatment on his foot injury during the half, so he and the training staff wanted to get a jump on that.

LeBron has been known to walk off the court early at the end of games. That’s different from doing it before halftime when you need treatment for an injury. In the words of the reigning NFL MVP, R-E-L-A-X.

Aaron Rodgers shows love to Packers coach with funny shirt

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers is officially the president of the Matt LaFleur Fan Club.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback showed love to LaFleur, the team’s head coach, by wearing a funny shirt to the Packers’ flight to Minnesota for Week 11. The shirt read, “Our Coach Is Hotter Than Yours” and had LaFleur’s face within an outline of the state of Wisconsin.

LaFleur is in his third season as head coach of the Packers. He is one of the younger coaches in the league at 42 years old and is definitely a suave presence on the Green Bay sideline every week.

Rodgers and LaFleur have faced questions before about their relationship. But there is no better way to get on someone’s good side than by wearing a flattering custom-made shirt with their face on 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