Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he has a fractured toe, not 'COVID toe'
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a broken toe and not the condition medical officials dub “COVID toe.” To prove it, he lifted his foot and showed those who were viewing his video news conference Wednesday that he did not have any lesions or discoloring that are common with the condition.
Rodgers said on the McAfee show that it was his small toe that was bothering him, but he did not say what the injury was or how it occurred.
COVID toe is a condition that some medical experts believe occurs when an infected person's immune system goes into overdrive to combat the virus.
Asked Wednesday about it, he said, “I'd never heard of COVID toe before. Pat made a joke about it on the show. And I mentioned yesterday that it's you know, worse than a turf toe.
"I can't believe I have to, again, come on here and talk about my medical information. But yeah, I have a fractured toe. I've never heard of COVID toe before. I have no lesions on my feet."
When asked later when it occurred, Rodgers said it was during a workout at home during the “ramp-up” period players who are quarantined because of a positive COVID-19 test go through before they are allowed to return to the practice field.
Rodgers did not say how it occurred but said he didn’t think it was anything serious and it wasn’t until he cleared COVID protocols and returned to the team facility that doctors found that it was broken. The Packers added Rodgers to the injury report with a toe injury when they activated him off the COVID-19 reserve list the day before the Seattle game.
He said he will play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, but he didn’t rule out the possibility he would have surgery during the bye week that follows. It’s unclear how long that would sideline him, but he said the surgical option would occur if he couldn’t deal with the pain any longer.
"It comes down to managing the pain," he said. "The injury I suffered when I was in quarantine, doing all workouts and trying to ramp up my conditioning. Didn't think it was what it was until I got to the facility on Saturday before the (Seattle) game and and got X-rayed when I got cleared (to come) back into the facility."
Rodgers said he doesn’t plan on missing any time, but he acknowledged that he was dealing with considerable pain and was hoping he would be significantly better after the bye. He could get close to two weeks of rest after this Sunday and would be about four weeks removed from when he first injured the toe when the Packers return from the bye to play the Chicago Bears on Dec. 12.
The Packers are fortunate to have one of the foremost foot surgeons, Robert Anderson, in a clinic across the street from the stadium, so he doesn't have to travel very far to receive the best care.
"There's surgical options as well, that wouldn't involve missing time," Rodgers said. "Thankfully, we've got a great foot guy in town, the best in the business who everybody sends stuff to.
"But I'll definitely look at all options over the bye week and decide what you know what would be best to make sure I get to the finish line."
Rodgers was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday of last week, and it appears he will miss both days again this week. He said he goes through daily walk-throughs with the team and that Friday practices are adjusted slightly so that he can go through certain plays in the walk-through and practice.
"Friday is red zone usually, and we just extended a little bit of a walk-through to have some more first-, and second-, and third-down plays that I could walk through," he said. "Last week, I was circling plays on the play sheet that I might want at least a walkthrough rep of once we got later in the week.
"But we do walkthroughs every day. And so obviously (I've) taken all those."
Rodgers aggravated the toe against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and left the sideline prior to halftime to receive treatment, resulting in backup Jordan Love taking a knee on the final play of the half. After the game, Rodgers said he got stepped on and it activated some of the pain he had been going through during the week.
He is again listed on the injury report, but the Packers don't have to put a designation such as "questionable" or "doubtful" until Friday.