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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers confirms a broken right thumb

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers confirms a broken right thumb

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers he never felt the need to go into detail about his right thumb injury for one reason: he was never going to keep it Green Bay Packers from playing quarterback.

That’s why it wasn’t until Wednesday that he finally — and reluctantly — confirmed that he was truly broken.

“It doesn’t make any difference to me playing,” Rodgers said. “It makes no difference. You saw the tape on my thumb. You didn’t make a difference.”

Rodgers has been dealing with injury since the Giants quarterback was released Oshane Ximines In the Packers last game on Oct. 9 in London. Rodgers attempted a Hail Mary, but Ximines kicked Rodgers’ arm and forced a kick. After the play, Rodgers came down with a sprained right hand.

Rodgers was specifically asked about his broken thumb on Oct. 26. He then replied: “I have a sore thumb.”

Even when Pat McAfee asked Rodgers during his weekly appearance on McAfee’s show Tuesday if he had broken his thumb, Rodgers simply said he had played with broken fingers before without elaborating on the injury.

“I think I’ve had worse injuries that I’ve played,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “Definitely a challenge, but the rest has helped. Feeling better this week.”

He returned to practice Wednesday after a lengthy layoff in the Packers’ loss to the Titans last Thursday, when Rodgers’ accuracy was perhaps at its worst. He missed shots at critical moments in the second half Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins He described it as fulfilling 99 times out of 100. However, he insisted that the thumb injury had nothing to do with those misses.

“There’s one in 100 that doesn’t come out right,” Rodgers said.

Asked if he’s saying that because he doesn’t want to use the thumb as an excuse, Rodgers said, “I think it’s true. My thumb was hurting a lot worse in the Dallas game, and I put the ball where I wanted it.”

In fact, Rodgers had pinpoint accuracy in a win over the Cowboys five days earlier. Overall, though, Rodgers’ accuracy numbers have dropped since the injury. He completed 69.7 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and three interceptions in the first five games of the season as the Packers went 3-2. Over the next six, in which the Packers have won just one, his completion rate dropped to 62% with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

However, Rodgers said he has had other injuries that have affected his ability to shoot more than this one.

“When I hurt my knee on the 18th, you throw it off the ground, so it was definitely difficult on the footwork, the plant leg,” Rodgers said. “When I broke my index finger in college, it was probably a little bit more important to deal with. I remember I was in practice and Coach Tedford said to me, ‘I don’t care what’s hurting you, you have one day off and if you miss another day of practice, it’s all over again. you are a protector.’ So there was no chance.’

Unlike the Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescottwho had to have a broken thumb surgically repaired earlier this season and missed five games, Rodgers said surgery was never considered and won’t be necessary after the season unless something else happens.

“I don’t know what [Prescott] it was, but it probably wasn’t,” Rodgers said when asked if his injury was serious.

Rodgers and the Packers had five days off before returning to the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s game. Philadelphia Eagles.

“Hopefully it helped the thumb,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. At 4-7, the Packers can afford many more — if any — losses and still have a shot at the postseason. Some have compared it to the 2016 season, when the Packers were 4-6 and Rodgers said he thought they could “run the table” heading into Philadelphia.

However, six years ago the Eagles team Rodgers & Co. It was 5-5. This is 9-1.

“I feel confident that we’re going to go out there and play well,” Rodgers said. “But I don’t think this is the last stand.”



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