Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed that he has been playing with a broken thumb on his throwing hand for 5 weeks.
Reporters met with Rodgers at his locker Wednesday, and he said surgery was never considered, adding that he didn’t believe the injury was severe enough for it.
“I think I’ve had worse injuries that I’ve played with. So definitely a challenge, but days off help. Feeling better this week,” he said, via The Athletic. he said, via The Athletic.
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Rogers added that he broke his index finger in college and got a “little more important finger” than his thumb.
Rodgers’ injury came in a surprise loss to the New York Giants in London. The quarterback was injured on the last play of the game when he looked to throw but was hit by Giants linebacker Ocean Zimens.
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Zimens’ sack came from the blind side of Rodgers, and he appeared to grab his hand immediately after the hit.
The Packers have struggled this season, but Rodgers hasn’t had an obvious decline in performance that would suggest his thumb is affecting his game.
Rodgers was picked off three times in the game against the Detroit Lions, but those were more decision-making errors than physical errors by the four-time MVP.
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Rodgers owns a 64.6 completion percentage with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. In his last two games, he has thrown two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
A lower-body injury can affect throwing more because it comes from “the ground up,” Rogers said. He injured his knee in 2018 and had difficulty planting and creating footwork.
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The Packers will need the best version of Rodgers on Sunday when they go on the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles, who own a league-best 9-1 record. The 4-7 Packers look to keep their playoff hopes alive.