Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has revealed that he has been playing with a broken thumb on his throwing hand since Week 5.
Reporters met with Rodgers at his locker Wednesday, and he said surgery was never considered, adding that he doesn’t think he was badly injured enough to do it.
“I think I’ve had worse injuries than I’ve ever played with. So it’s definitely a challenge, but the days off help. I’m feeling better this week,” he said via The Athletic.
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Rodgers added that he broke his index finger in college and found that it was a “little more important finger to deal with” than his thumb.
Rodgers’ injury occurred in the upset loss to the New York Giants in London. The quarterback was injured on the final play of the game when he tried to throw but was hit by Giants linebacker Oshane Ximines.
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Ximines’ punch came from Rodgers’ blind side, and it appeared that he grabbed his hand immediately after the punch.
The Packers have struggled this season, but Rodgers hasn’t had an obvious decline in performance to suggest his thumb is affecting his game.
Rodgers was intercepted three times in a 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 this season with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his last two games, he has thrown two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Rodgers said a lower-body injury could affect shooting more because it comes from “below.” He hurt his knee in 2018 and found it difficult to plant and establish proper footwork.
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The Packers will need the best version of Rodgers on Sunday when they hit the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles, who own the best record in the league at 9-1. The 4-7 Packers look to keep their playoff hopes afloat.