The mystery of the toe injury Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered after he tested positive for COVID-19 as an unvaccinated player before the Nov. 7 game at the Kansas City Chiefs has been put to bed, for good, by the man himself.
One day after Rodgers remarked on "The Pat McAfee Show" he was dealing with a condition commonly referred to as "COVID toe," he confirmed to reporters he actually has a fracture in the pinkie digit.
Aaron Rodgers said he does NOT have COVID toe. He has a fractured toe.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 24, 2021
He has a FRACTURED toe.
Wait til you see the video of him lifting up his bare foot to the absence of any lesions or COVID toe symptoms.
“I have a fractured toe.” pic.twitter.com/DFJJ1OF7LC— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 24, 2021
Per NFL rules, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player had to isolate away from the Packers for a minimum of 10 days following his positive test. As Rob Demovsky of ESPN notes, Rodgers fractured the toe during that quarantine period.
He said there are surgical options that wouldn't involve him missing time. He said he won't do it if it means he has to miss time.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 24, 2021
Mentioned how lucky he is to have renowned foot surgery Dr. Robert Anderson of @BellinHealth right across the street. https://t.co/Ko7TlT4lwa
Per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Rodgers added he was "joking" when he told McAfee he had "COVID toe" coming off his bout with the virus.
Earlier in the day, Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Rodgers likely wouldn't practice Wednesday or Thursday but could return for Friday's session ahead of this Sunday's matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams that comes before a much-needed bye week. Green Bay's QB1 will play through discomfort for the third consecutive weekend and then hope to get right for the Dec. 12 contest against the Chicago Bears.