Packers emerged with 45-30 win over Bears on “Sunday Night Football” but any good feeling they had about victory was overshadowed by the latest injury news about midfielder Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers played the entire game against the Bears with a toe injury he’s been treating since early November. He broke his little toe when he was on the COVID list and played all four games with the disease. this evil.
But things were different after this competition, as the veteran midfielder explained in a post-match press conference.
“It felt worse,” Rodgers said of his injured toe, ESPN. “I don’t know what setback I ran into tonight but we’ll look into it tomorrow. Definitely taking a step back tonight.”
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Sure, that’s not the kind of news the Packers want to hear. The team has only just said goodbye to the week, and the additional recovery period – and the ability to “get treated every day” – is thought to benefit Rodgers.
“The most important thing is healing and taking care of my toe,” said Rodgers before saying goodbye, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
However, any progress Rodgers made was largely undone in Week 14, and that leaves a big question mark in the balance. Will Rodgers get surgery to repair his injured toe? He opted out at the goodbye, although the possibility was considered. Is it on the table now?
“That would certainly be a last resort,” Rodgers said. “But I have to see what kind of failure it is tonight.”
If Rodgers gets surgery during the bye, he won’t have to miss a game. However, his toe will be immobilized due to the injury, so it’s understandable that he might want to pause finishing it if it’s playable.
After all, Rodgers has performed well in four games since the injury. He averaged 331.3 passes and 2.5 touchdowns per game while leading the Packers to a 3-1 record. Green Bay is averaging 32.3 points per game over that period.
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However, Rodgers may have to reconsider his decision as the game approaches the knockout stages. The Packers need just one more win (or one loss) to claim the NFC North, and they could not be without Rodgers throughout the post-season.
However, they can afford not to have him in a regular game of the season if need be. It may hurt them as they try to claim the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but the Packers certainly want Rodgers healthy in the post-season – even if they have to say goodbye to the first round.