Will Packers' Aaron Rodgers have surgery on injured toe?
Green Bay Packers' star QB Aaron Rodgers is likely to opt out of an operation on his problematic toe, instead preferring rest and recuperation.
Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, appears to be unlikely to have surgery on his broken little toe, despite being able to take advantage of the team's bye week this weekend.
The Green Packers prefer rest to the operating table.
According to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers will not undergo surgery as both parties prefer to see him rest as opposed to going under the knife in an effort to help the quarterback's fractured pinkie toe heal. On Monday when speaking on the situation LaFleur said Rodgers is currently "gathering other opinions, so we'll see where that goes." On the other hand it has been reported that those opinions are not likely to lead to surgery. Fortunately for the Packers, they are not due to play until December 12th when they take on the Chicago Bears in Sunday night's prime-time game.
Aaron Rodgers is focused despite the pain
When asked about his plans for the bye-week, Rodgers was singular in his view. "The most important thing is healing and taking care of my toe," he said on Sunday. Of course earlier on Monday it had been reported by the NFL Network that Rodgers does not plan to have surgery.
According to Rodgers, he fractured the toe during his covid-19 quarantine earlier this month. Since that time the quarterback played in the Packers' last three games with essentially one single practice session between them. That session was on November 19th, just loss at Minnesota. Rodgers also disclosed that he had received a pain-killing injection at halftime of the game against the Vikings but didn't require one for Sunday's win over Los Angeles Rams. "The difference is I didn't have to get shot up again at halftime, so definitely the healing this week not practicing [helped]," Rodgers said. On Sunday the QB threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers defeated the Rams by 36-28.
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"Last week, I tried to do some stuff on Friday, felt like we needed maybe a little jolt and that kind of impacted Sunday a little bit from a pain standpoint. This week, I just did a walk-through on Saturday and obviously all the walk-throughs during the week, but no practice time, I think really helped. It definitely helped looking at the scans. The healing, kind of get to a better spot, so I've definitely felt better, but third quarter, late third, early fourth and I got stepped on early in the game, there was definitely some pain I was dealing with." Interestingly Rodgers also posted a rushing touchdown on Sunday, beating Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey around the edge for a 1-yard score. In his last two games, Rodgers has thrown a combined total of 692 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
The doctors will decide for Rodgers and the Packers
Speaking about on what happens next, Rodgers said he would make a final decision about surgery on Monday after additional tests were completed. "The toe felt good most of the game," he said. "Was just actually in talking with the docs. Not sure at this point; we're going to 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 that time."
Head coach LaFleur also added his view saying the decision would be left to Rodgers himself and the medical staff. "I'm not involved in any of those decisions, so I just take any information and hear it," LaFleur said. "I don't have 'M.D.' after my name. So I'll let them handle that."