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Aaron Rodgers: 'Everything's on the Table' with Toe Injury; 'Hoping' to Avoid Surgery

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVNovember 29, 2021

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Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers plans to have X-rays on his injured toe to determine what steps may be required to address the issue.

Following his team's 36-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the reigning MVP told Fox Sports' Erin Andrews that "everything's on the table" but that he's hopeful of avoiding surgery:

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"This is the kinda game that gets played at Lambeau."<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a> catches up with <a href="https://twitter.com/ErinAndrews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ErinAndrews</a> after the <a href="https://twitter.com/packers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@packers</a> beat the Rams at home <a href="https://t.co/v7TDwd6O3F">pic.twitter.com/v7TDwd6O3F</a>

The Packers are off in Week 13 and don't return to play until Dec. 12 against the Chicago Bears.

Green Bay first alerted the public that something was amiss when it listed Rodgers on its injury report in Week 10. He said on Nov. 16 on The Pat McAfee Show the injury occurred while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

After Rodgers referred to the injury as "COVID toe," the Wall Street Journal's Andrew Beaton explained how COVID toe has become shorthand for chilblains, which "can be extremely painful and turn the toes purple." The inflammation can be a side effect of COVID-19.

Rodgers denied that was the case and that the toe was actually fractured. To prove his case, he held up his injured toe to the video camera as he was speaking with reporters.

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"I have a fractured toe." <br><br>Aaron Rodgers really showed his foot during his news conference 😅 <a href="https://t.co/9vc3v9l22z">pic.twitter.com/9vc3v9l22z</a>

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No matter the wording used to describe it, the injury is clearly affecting the nine-time Pro Bowler. He didn't practice this week prior to Sunday's game, though he put up solid numbers (28-of-45 for 307 yards, two touchdowns) against the Rams.

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Aaron Rodgers has played 6 halves of football since returning from COVID-19.<br><br>First 3: 36-59, 480, TD, INT, 85.4<br>Past 3: 38-56, 504, 5 TD, 125.8<br><br>Just needed some time to get back into form. Broken toe and all.

The Packers' bye may not be coming at a better time since the situation probably isn't going to resolve itself. Continuing to play with the fractured toe and not taking any remedial steps seems like a recipe to ensure Rodgers experiences more and more pain as the year unfolds.

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