Packers’ Aaron Rodgers admits he plays with a broken thumb


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The mystery surrounding Aaron Rodgers’ right thumb is finally solved.

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After weeks of downplaying any apparent discomfort on the field at the big finger of his throwing hand, the Green Bay Packers quarterback told local reporters the truth Wednesday: He played with a broken thumb.

Rodgers, who turns 39 in nine days, confirmed the injury to members of the media and said he first injured the digit in the final game of Green Bay’s 27-22 loss in London to the Giants of New York in Week 5 – the first of what became a five-game skid, matching Rodgers’ longest as an NFL starter.

“I think I had the worst injuries I’ve played with,” Rodgers said Wednesday, the same day after training for the first time since the Packers fell to 4-7 in the loss. at home on Thursday against the Tennessee Titans. “Definitely a challenge, but the days off helped. I feel better this week.

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In recent weeks, Rodgers has referenced his bumped thumb while speaking with reporters without sharing details of the broken bone, but denied on Wednesday that he was intentionally trying to avoid using his injury as an excuse for his Game.

“I think that’s the truth,” Rodgers said. “My thumb was hurting a lot more in the Dallas game (Week 10, Packers won 31-28 in overtime), and I put the ball where I wanted it.”

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Prior to the injury, the Packers were 3-2 with the reigning consecutive and three-time league MVP, completing 67.9% of his passes very similar to Rodgers for eight touchdowns, three interceptions and one. passer rating of 95.8.

Since Week 6, when he started playing with the thumb bum, Rodgers has completed just over 62 percent of his throws for 11 touchdowns and four picks and a 91.1 rating.

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More importantly, the Packers are 1-5 in that streak and have only scored 20 or more points twice. And it’s Rodgers’ occasional – and unusual – lack of precision that has raised eyebrows recently.

He completed just 8 of 16 passes in the fourth quarter against Tennessee last week, though he was determined not to blame what he tried to call a nagging injury.

“There’s one in 100 that doesn’t go the right way,” Rodgers said.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who has already lost as many games this season as his previous two years combined, said the five days off was a blessing for his quarterback.

“I hope it helped his thumb,” LaFleur said Wednesday.

The Packers, in third place in NFC North and 4 1/2 games behind 8-2 Minnesota in the division, visit the NFL’s best 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night and follow that up with a key game on the division road against the Chicago Bears in week 13.

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