GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers should use rest – not surgery – to help the quarterback’s fractured toe heal.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday Rodgers “is collecting other opinions so we’ll see where it goes,” but a source said those opinions shouldn’t lead to surgery during this week’s recess.
The Packers (9-3) are out until Dec. 12, when they face the Chicago Bears in a prime-time game on Sunday night.
âThe most important thing is to heal and take care of my toe,â Rodgers said Sunday when asked about his plans for the week off.
NFL Network reported earlier Monday that Rodgers was not planning on having surgery.
Rodgers said he fractured his toe during his COVID-19 quarantine earlier this month, and he’s played the last three games since with almost no training preparation on the pitch.
The only full-fledged practice he’s been involved with during that streak came on Nov. 19, two days before the Packers’ loss to Minnesota. He said he received a pain reliever injection at half-time in the game against the Vikings, but did not need it to play in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Rams.
“The difference is I didn’t have to get shot again at halftime so definitely the healing this week didn’t work out. [helped]”Rodgers said after throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 36-28 win over the Rams.
“Last week I tried to do stuff on Friday I felt like maybe we needed a little shake and that kind of impact impacted Sunday a bit of the point view of the pain. This week I just did a tour on Saturday and obviously all the tours during the week, but no practice time, I think that really helped me. definitely helped watching the scans. The healing sort of got better so I really felt better, but in the third quarter, late third, early fourth and I was stomped on early in the game , there was definitely pain I was facing. “
Rodgers even had a rushed touchdown on Sunday, beating Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey over the edge for a one yard score. In the last two games combined, Rodgers threw for 692 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
He said after Sunday’s game he would make a decision about the surgery after further testing on Monday.
“The toe felt great for most of the game,” said Rodgers. “I was just talking with the docs. Not sure at this point; we’ll do some more testing in the morning and get a better view of what’s going on in there, and then make a decision at this point. -the.”
LaFleur has previously said he would leave the decision to Rodgers and the medical staff.
âI’m not involved in any of these decisions, so I just take any information and hear it,â LaFleur said. “I don’t have ‘MD’ after my name. So I’ll let them handle this.”