GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers by no means felt the necessity to get into particulars about his right thumb harm for one motive: It was by no means going to maintain the Green Bay Packers quarterback from enjoying.
That’s why it wasn’t till Wednesday when he lastly — and reluctantly — confirmed that it was certainly broken.
“It would not make a distinction with me enjoying,” Rodgers mentioned. “It would not make a distinction. You noticed the tape on my thumb. It did not make a distinction.”
Rodgers has been coping with the harm since he was sacked by Giants linebacker Oshane Ximines on the ultimate play of the Packers’ Oct. 9 video games in London. Rodgers tried a Hail Mary, however Ximines hit Rodgers’ throwing arm and compelled a fumble. Immediately after the play, Rodgers got here up flexing his right hand.
Rodgers was requested particularly on Oct. 26 if his thumb was broken. He replied on the time: “My thumb is harm.”
Even when Pat McAfee requested Rodgers on Tuesday throughout his weekly look on McAfee’s present if the thumb was broken, Rodgers simply mentioned he had performed with broken fingers earlier than with out elaborating on this harm particularly.
“I feel I’ve had worse accidents I’ve performed with,” Rodgers mentioned Wednesday. “Definitely a problem, however the days off helped. Feeling higher this week.”
He was again at apply Wednesday after an prolonged break following the Packers’ loss to the Titans final Thursday, when Rodgers’ accuracy was maybe at its worst. He missed throws at vital instances within the second half to Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins that he described as passes he’d full 99 instances out of 100. Still, he insisted the thumb harm had nothing to do with these misses.
“There’s one in each 100 that does not come off the right method,” Rodgers mentioned.
When requested whether or not he is simply saying that as a result of he would not need to sound like he is utilizing the thumb as an excuse, Rodgers mentioned: “I feel it is the reality. My thumb was hurting lots worse within the Dallas sport, and I put the ball the place I wished to.”
Indeed, Rodgers had pinpoint accuracy simply 5 days earlier in a win over the Cowboys. As an entire, nevertheless, Rodgers’ accuracy numbers have been down for the reason that harm. He accomplished 69.7% of his passes with eight touchdowns and three interceptions within the first 5 video games of the season with the Packers at 3-2. In the subsequent six, of which the Packers received just one, his completion price dropped to 62% with 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
However, Rodgers mentioned he has had different accidents which have impacted his means to throw greater than this one.
“When I harm my knee in ’18, you throw from the bottom up, in order that was positively tough on the footwork, plant leg,” Rodgers mentioned. “When I broke my index finger in school, that was in all probability a barely extra essential finger to take care of. I bear in mind I used to be at apply and Coach Tedford mentioned, ‘I do not care what’s hurting, you have acquired someday off and should you miss one other day of apply, you are the backup once more.’ So there was no alternative.”
Unlike Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who wanted his fractured thumb surgically repaired earlier this season and missed 5 video games, Rodgers mentioned surgical procedure was by no means thought-about and will not be wanted after the season until one thing else occurs.
“I do not know what [Prescott] had, however it in all probability wasn’t,” Rodgers mentioned when requested if his harm was as extreme.
Rodgers and the Packers had 5 days off earlier than they returned to the apply discipline on Wednesday to arrange for Sunday’s sport on the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I hope it helped his thumb,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur mentioned. At 4-7, the Packers can unwell afford many extra — if any — losses and nonetheless have an opportunity to make the postseason. Some have likened this to the 2016 season, when the Packers had been 4-6 and heading to Philadelphia when Rodgers mentioned he thought they might “run the desk.”
However, the Eagles staff Rodgers & Co. confronted six years in the past was 5-5. This one is 9-1.
“I really feel assured we’ll exit and play effectively,” Rodgers mentioned. “But I do not assume this is the final stand.”