Sports | November 24, 2021 12:06 pm

So Does Aaron Rodgers Have COVID Toe or Not?

These days, it's difficult to take anything the Packers QB says at face value

Aaron Rodgers scrambles with the ball
Aaron Rodgers scrambles with the ball at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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During his near-weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show to discuss COVID-19, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers changed things up and instead discussed a boo-boo he has on his pinkie toe.

“I believe that I mentioned that it was more painful than turf toe, and I had turf toe two years ago,” Rodgers said on the show this week. “The problem with turf toe is it’s that joint in your big toe, and it is very painful. So naturally, I’m leading people to understand that if it’s worse than turf toe, there must be some sort of bone issue. Again, it’s better the fifth toe than the first toe or even the second or the third or probably the fourth toe.”

Afterward, the 37-year-old, who previously alluded to having a “COVID injury,” Rodgers, seemingly jokingly, blamed his toe problems on testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month after declining to get vaccinated.

“No lingering effects, other than the COVID Toe,” Rodgers said on the show

“I’ve already talked enough on this show about my medical status,” Rodgers added. “I have given you enough information at this point. I have a toe injury that’s not going away, and I’m going to be dealing with it for at least the next few weeks. There’s a lot of options on the table. One option that’s not on the table is sitting out. There’s definitely all options on the table. Surgery, rest, sit out. I’m not going to sit out, though, I’m going to keep playing.”

While publications like The Wall Street Journal appear to have taken Rodgers and his self-diagnosis seriously, it seems unwise to take anything that the immunized one says with anything other than a massive grain of salt. Also, as “COVID Toe” is a skin issue that can lead to swollen and discolored toes, not a bone problem like the one Rodgers mentioned, we’re inclined to believe the foot injury Rodgers is suffering from has nothing to do with COVID-19. (But don’t t ask us. We’re not Joe Rogan.)

Actually, ask Rodgers, who addressed the topic with Green Bay beat writer Matt Schneidman following the “COVID Toe” talk spreading on the internet.

“Rodgers said it’s not COVID toe,” Schneidman wrote on Twitter. “He was just joking around with the Pat McAfee Show yesterday and ripped the Wall Street Journal story about him supposedly having COVID toe. He lifted up his foot so we could see he had no signs of COVID toe. He won’t miss any time because of this.”

If Rodgers somehow actually is suffering from “COVID Toe,” there’s an easy fix to make sure the problem won’t linger that won’t require surgery or for him to miss any games.

“The best way to avoid COVID Toes is to get vaccinated,” Esther Freeman, a doctor and principal investigator for the COVID-19 Dermatology Registry, told The Journal.

Fresh off of a loss to the Vikings, the Packers (8-3) will host the Los Angeles Rams (7-3) on Sunday.