Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed that he has been playing with a broken thumb on his throwing hand for 5 weeks.
On Wednesday, reporters met with Rodgers at his locker, and he said that surgery had never been considered, adding that he did not believe he was injured severely enough for it.
He said via The Athletic, “I think I’ve had too many injuries the way I’ve played. So definitely a challenge, but days help. Feeling better this week.”
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Rodgers said he broke his index finger in college and found it “a little more important finger to deal with” than the thumb.
Rodgers’ injury came in a surprise loss to the New York Giants in London. Rodgers was injured on the final play of the game when he attempted to throw but was hit by Oshane Zimines.
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Zimine’s sack came off Rodgers’ blind side, and it appeared that Rodgers grabbed his arm immediately after the sack.
The Packers have struggled this season, but Rodgers’ performance hasn’t dropped, which shows that his thumb is affecting his game.
Rodgers was selected three times by the Detroit Lions, but those were more decision-making errors than physical mistakes by the four-time MVP.
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Rodgers has a 64.6 completion percentage this season with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his last two games, he has thrown two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Rodgers said that a lower body injury can affect the throw more because it comes from the “ground up”. He hurt his knee in 2018 and found it difficult to run and establish proper footwork.
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The Packers will need the best version of Rodgers on Sunday when they go up against the Philadelphia Eagles, who own the league’s best record at 9-1. The 4-7 Packers are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive on the road.