Packers’ Aaron Rodgers confirms fractured right thumb

Green Bay, Wis. Aaron Rodgers never felt the need to go into detail about his right thumb injury for one reason: He would never stop the Green Bay Packers quarterback from playing.

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

“It makes no difference to play with me,” said Rodgers. “It makes no difference. I saw the tape on my thumb. It didn’t make any difference.”

Rodgers has been dealing with injury since Giants quarterback Ochan Ximens sacked him in the final game of the Packers game on October 9 in London. Rodgers attempted a Hail Mary, but Ximines hit Rodgers’ arm and forced a fumble. Immediately after the play, Rodgers came in bending his right hand.

Rodgers was asked specifically on October 26 if he had a broken thumb. He then replied, “My thumb hurts.”

Even when Pat McAfee asked Rodgers on Tuesday during his weekly appearance on McAfee’s show if a thumb was broken, Rodgers just said he’d played with broken fingers before without elaborating specifically on that injury.

“I think I’ve had worse injuries I’ve played with,” Rodgers said on Wednesday. “It’s a challenge for sure, but the days off helped me. Feeling better this week.”

He returned to practice on Wednesday after an extended break following the Packers’ loss to the Titans last Thursday, when Rodgers’ accuracy was at its worst. He missed pointers at critical times in the second half to Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins that he described as passes he completed 99 times out of 100. However, he insisted, the thumb injury had nothing to do with those misses.

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

When asked if he was only saying that because he didn’t want to appear like he was using the thumb as an excuse, Rodgers said, “I think that’s the truth. My thumb hurt a lot in the Dallas game, and I put the ball where I wanted to.”

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

However, Rodgers said he had other injuries that affected his ability to throw more than this.

“When I hit my knee in ’18, I threw it off the ground up, so that was definitely hard on your feet, plant stalk,” Rodgers said. “When I broke my index finger in college, that was probably a more important finger to deal with. I remember being in training and Coach Tedford said, ‘I don’t care what hurts, I got a day off and if you miss another day of practice,’ Then you back up again. So there was no choice.”

Unlike Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who needed to have his broken thumb surgically repaired earlier in the season and missed five games, Rodgers said surgery was not contemplated and wouldn’t be needed post-season unless something else happens.

“I do not know what [Prescott] But it probably wasn’t, Rodgers said when asked if his injury was severe.

Rodgers and the Packers got five days off before returning to the training ground on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s game at the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I hope that helped his thumb,” Packers coach Matt Lafleur said. At 4-7, the Packers can’t take any more losses — if any — and still have a chance at making the postseason. Some have likened this to the 2016 season, when the Packers were 4-6 and headed to Philadelphia when Rodgers said he thought they could “turn the table.”

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

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

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