Aaron Rodgers Injury Update: Will his toe injury damage the Packers’ playoff chances?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will decide Monday whether to undergo surgery for his pinky toe injury.

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers threw 2 more touchdowns and went over 300 passing yards against the Rams Sunday. And he did so despite a fractured toe that has caused him significant discomfort and hasn’t yet healed on its own. But now that the Packers have reached their bye, Rodgers is considering a permanent fix for his toe injury — surgery.

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Aaron Rodgers injury update

Rodgers revealed after the game that he would decide Monday whether or not to undergo surgery.

“Everything’s on the table,” Rodgers told FOX sideline reporter Erin Andrews, who also reported that Rodgers needed a pain-killing injection prior to the game and “he could only feel nine toes.”

If there is a silver lining, it’s this: Rodgers didn’t need a second injection at halftime, which was an improvement over Week 11.

Rodgers also said he benefited from not practicing all last week.

What’s next for Aaron Rodgers?

Rodgers’ injury is seemingly improving. He said on the Pat McAfee Show Tuesday that he felt better than he did at the same point last week.

“We’re hoping to avoid surgery obviously, but the surgery would be such a minor one that it wouldn’t be something that I would have to miss time with,” Rodgers said. “It’s a pre-req for any surgery that I’d have at this point. I’m not going to miss any time. We’ll kind of reassess early next week and make a decision. But I could have surgery on a Monday or Tuesday and play on Sunday.”

That’s certainly the best-case scenario. According to the Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, a severely fractured toe can take up to 6-8 weeks to heal.

“Be sure to avoid exercise until your surgeon clears you,” the eight-doctor practice recommends on its website. “Resuming activity too soon can increase the risk for re-injury.”

What is the impact on the NFC playoffs if Green Bay’s signal-caller has surgery?

“The surgery would immobilize the toe,” Rodgers added. “So then that would be an issue the entire year that I would have to deal with. It would avoid any further displacement but it would immobilize the toe. We’re hoping with a couple of weeks here we can get enough healing that we can avoid that.”

The Packers at 9-3 are currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC and have a 3.5-game divisional lead over the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers, of course, is the biggest reason why.

He has 23 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions, and he’s second in passer rating (105.5) and third in QBR (64.0) and EPA + CPOE composite (0.16).

His backup, Jordan Love, didn’t look ready when Rodgers missed a game earlier this season due to COVID-19, completing 19 of 34 passes for 190 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a loss to the Chiefs.

What Rodgers’ toe surgery might entail

Typical toe repair procedures only require regional anesthesia. Here’s what else Rodgers can likely expect:

“A small incision is created down the length of your toe to access the fractured areas,” Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin writes generally about its procedures. “Your surgeon then places the bone fragments in their correct positions, then secures them into place using surgical screws, plates, or rods.

“Finally, the incisions are closed with surgical staples or sutures. The area is then covered with a surgical dressing and protected with a cast or a splint.

“The length of surgery depends on the extent of damage. But in most cases, toe surgery can be completed in about two hours.”

Adam Beasley is the NFL Director for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Adam’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @AdamHBeasley.


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