Coming into the game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers knowingly played through a broken thumb, which he said earlier in the week would not prevent him from being on the field .
What the Packers didn’t expect was Rodgers leaving the game early in the 40–33 loss with a rib injury, something that could keep him out for weeks to come.
It’s not final yet, and Rodgers’ post-game press conference shows he wants to be back on the field next week against the Chicago Bears.
“As long as I check out properly tomorrow, I expect to play this weekend,” he told reporters. “Maybe I won’t be able to go on Wednesday, but as long as there’s no major structural damage, I’ll go out again.”
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Rodgers explained it was a mixture of a clear shot to the ribs and landing on separate plays, one in the second quarter and again in the third.
“I’m just having trouble breathing and twisting my upper body,” Rodgers said. “I was also worried about a punctured lung, so I wanted to get that checked out.”
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Fortunately, the lung is fine, but Rodgers admitted that initial tests could not conclusively prove that his ribs are not broken. More tests will be conducted on Monday to make sure the diagnosis is correct for the back-to-back NFL MVP.
With 4-8 now in the season, there is also speculation about Rodgers wanting to continue playing as playoff hopes dwindle with each loss. In fact, he said the team may need to win their next five games and still need some help elsewhere in the league to make a wild card berth.
But as long as there is hope, the 38-year-old caller wants to take center stage.
“I don’t really want to think about that, but as long as we live mathematically, I’d like to be there,” he said.
Head coach Matt LaFleur added that Rodgers has apologized to him for not being able to continue in the game, but he didn’t want to hear it.
“This is one of the toughest dudes I’ve ever been on. I never doubt his toughness.”
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But LaFleur also didn’t want to speculate on his quarterback situation next week and ahead, as Jordan Love could get his first start since week 9 of the 2021 season — the only start of his career starting as the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL -design.
“When Aaron is healthy and ready to go, I expect him there,” LaFleur said.
When Love came into play for Rodgers in the fourth quarter, he quickly found budding star Christian Watson for a 63-yard catch-and-run. He would finish the game 6-of-9 for 113 yards with that touchdown pass.
“I’m not shocked that he went out and played well and had great balance. We see this daily. People may not necessarily agree with that, but I see it every day,” LaFleur said of Love.
Rodgers also said he was “proud” of what Love had accomplished.
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As for his thumb injury, Rodgers said it felt better this week than last week, so that looks to be moving forward as he continues to play through it.
But Packer’s mind has shifted to Rodgers’ latest, more serious ailment that might sideline him even if he doesn’t want to.
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He finished with 140 yards on 11 for 16 with two touchdown passes and two interceptions in the loss.