On a day when Aaron Rodgers broke Brett Favre’s Green Bay Packers record for career touchdown passes, a great deal of attention centered on something else that was broken, namely his left pinkie toe.
The Packers held on for a 24-22 win over the Cleveland Browns and retained their hold on the top spot for the NFC playoffs, but the sight of Rodgers limping after offensive lineman Royce Newman stepped on his foot was of far greater concern. He headed for the locker room before the end of the first half to have treatment for the pain in his toe, which he initially injured while he was in isolation for 10 days after testing positive for the coronavirus Nov. 3.
Rodgers told Fox Sports Erin Andrews that his toe was back to where it was a few weeks ago after the incident.
“This was the best I’ve felt in weeks,” Rodgers told reporters after the game. As has been the custom since he was injured, he did not practice last week, but did walk-throughs.
“Didn’t get [an] injection before the game. You know, was feeling really good,” he continued. “Then kind of got rolled up there at the end of the first quarter. Kind of got past that. Then got stepped on directly on the toe. And that’s when the pain was pretty intense. Took care of it at halftime and obviously felt better. We’re over six weeks past this now, so we’re hoping that it wasn’t a major setback tonight.”
During the Packers’ Week 13 bye, Rodgers visited doctors in California and it was determined that he would not have surgery, which he said would require putting a pin in the toe, at that point. Since then, Rodgers has received some numbing injections before games and had treatments during the week.
“I think any decision that’s made would be one that allows me to play. I’m not going to miss any games,” he told “The Pat McAfee Show” in early December. “I’ve obviously played with much bigger injuries, different parts of my body. And although it’s a small pinkie toe, it’s definitely painful and creates some issues. But I’m not going to miss any games because of it.”
On Saturday, he passed Favre with his 443rd TD pass.