Packers' Aaron Rodgers Says Toe Injury 'Not Gonna Be a Problem' After Setback

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 14, 2021

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers takes a snap during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
AP Photo/Morry Gash

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday that the broken pinkie toe he has played on for a month is "not gonna be a problem" or prevent him from playing.

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Rodgers told reporters after the Packers' 45-30 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday that his toe felt "worse" and that he took a "step back" during the game.

He still ended up completing 29 of 37 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that Rodgers' injury is expected to last for the rest of the campaign.

Rodgers could choose to have surgery. But that would require a pin to be placed in his toe, and he wouldn't be able to play until it healed. Therefore, the reigning NFL MVP will reportedly wait until the offseason to decide on whether he needs a procedure.

The 38-year-old sounded upbeat prior to the Bears game, as the Packers' bye week helped him rest and recuperate.

"I've got to see how it reacts on Sunday when I get back out there and play," Rodgers told reporters last Wednesday.

"But this was really, really positive, the time to heal and not doing anything for now going on 10 days. That's been really, really helpful. So we're hoping that we can get on the other side of this."

That apparently didn't happen based on Rodgers' postgame comments.

The veteran signal-caller could get a scheduling break down the road if the Packers get a bye through the Wild Card Round.

The top AFC and NFC seeds each move directly to the divisional rounds, and the Packers control their own destiny to do just that as they look for their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

At 10-3, the Pack are first in the NFC and have the same record as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals, but winning out would give them a tiebreaker over either team at worst.

For now, Green Bay will look for win No. 11 when it visits the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.