Packers QB Aaron Rodgers confirms he is been enjoying with damaged thumb

Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledged Wednesday that he’s been enjoying with a damaged proper thumb for the previous six weeks.

Rodgers damage his thumb Oct. 9 throughout a foiled Hail Mary try on the ultimate play of the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London. Though the Packers have listed Rodgers with a thumb harm ever since, the four-time MVP hadn’t stated publicly that it was damaged.

“I just know on the flight home I was in some pain,” Rodgers stated. “(I) actually didn’t even want to get X-rayed, because I was still going to play, didn’t matter what the X-ray showed. But they talked me into it.”

Rodgers says his thumb now feels the perfect it has for the reason that Giants sport.

As a result of the Packers (4-7) performed a Thursday night time sport final week — dropping 27-17 at residence to Tennessee — they’d further time to organize for Sunday night time’s sport at Philadelphia (9-1).

“It’s definitely a challenge, but the days off helped,” Rodgers stated. “I’m feeling better this week.”

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Rodgers hasn’t missed any video games, however the harm has restricted his apply time and he hasn’t approached the extent he reached whereas incomes MVP honors every of the final two seasons. That loss to the Giants began a 1-6 tailspin that has put the three-time defending NFC North champions’ playoff hopes in jeopardy.

Rodgers downplayed the impression of the harm Wednesday and stated surgical procedure wasn’t severely thought-about. Rodgers additionally stated he didn’t imagine the harm was the rationale the Packers had run extra performs than normal within the shotgun formation.

“I think I’ve had worse injuries I’ve played with,” Rodgers stated.

Rodgers stated throughout the first few weeks after the harm, his thumb didn’t get considerably worse but in addition didn’t get significantly better.

“There would be a couple plays every game, maybe a snap slightly inside or a hit that might jolt it a little bit,” Rodgers stated. “Just dealing with the occasional kind of dull pain and working through it.”

Rodgers famous he’s handled different accidents that may have an effect on his throwing. He talked about a knee harm in 2018 that hindered his footwork and the damaged index finger he performed via throughout his school profession at California.

The Packers want Rodgers in prime type as they try to rejuvenate their playoff hopes on the street in opposition to the Eagles, who personal the NFL’s finest document.

Defensive sort out Kenny Clark acknowledged Wednesday that “every game from this point on is a playoff game” as a result of the Packers have so little margin for error. Cornerback Rasul Douglas provided a very blunt appraisal.

“Lose and you might as well start planning your trip to wherever you’re going in the offseason,” Douglas stated.

The Packers have been in this kind of place earlier than.

They had been 4-6 in 2016 when Rodgers predicted the Packers would “run the table.” Positive sufficient, a victory at Philadelphia began an eight-game successful streak that despatched the Packers to the NFC championship sport, the place they misplaced to Atlanta.

Rodgers famous the similarities Wednesday whereas additionally declaring that 2016 Eagles group was 5-5 quite than 9-1.

“I think when you win, it creates momentum,” Rodgers stated. “When I said it in 2016, how many people actually believed then? Probably not many. But then we got the first one. Then we came home and got the second one. We beat Seattle, got the third one and I think there was a lot of momentum that started in the locker room and guys started realizing this was a possibility.

“It’s like a snowball impact rolling downhill. And so we’ve acquired to pack that snowball this week and get it to the highest of the hill and let it begin rolling downhill.”

Reporting by The Related Press.

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