Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confirmed Wednesday that he has been dealing with a broken thumb since Week 5 of the NFL season.
According to Rodgers, he sustained the injury on the last play in London against the New York Giants. He also mentioned that he has had worse injuries and never considered surgery for this one.
The Packers’ five-game losing streak also began in Week 5. The team was able to snap the streak with a 31-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 13.
The thumb injury saga
Throughout that losing streak, reports circulated about Rodgers’ thumb without confirmation that the digit was indeed fractured.
The Packers (4-7) struggled offensively against the Tennessee Titans on “Thursday Night Football.” Rodgers was a decent 24-of-39 passing for 227 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
However, some of those incomplete passes were uncharacteristic misfires to wide-open receivers. He went 8-for-16 in the fourth quarter, with his longest pass being a 28-yarder to Randall Cobb.
The veteran quarterback went on the “Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday when he answered questions about his thumb and his missed throws, but didn’t clearly confirm whether or not it was broken.
“My thumb is what it is, it’s been an issue since the Giants, but not an issue that I’m gonna rely on as an excuse,” Rodgers said.
This season, Rodgers has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 6.8 yards per attempt, his lowest since 2015.
He’s also recorded 2,542 passing yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Similar to now, Rodgers played through a broken pinky toe for much of the 2021 season and chose not to have surgery.
While some fans might look for the team to turn to backup QB Jordan Love, it seems unlikely Rodgers’ thumb will lead him to sit.