Aaron Rodgers has missed Packers practice all week with toe injury

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We’re talking about missed practice.

Aaron Rodgers, battling a toe injury that was the subject of much chatter this week, missed Friday’s Packers practice. Facing Aaron Donald and the Rams on Sunday, Rodgers has not practiced all week, according to ESPN.

Last week, Rodgers missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but returned Friday before the team’s game against the Vikings, which Minnesota won 34-31.

This week, there was a big kerfuffle when Rodgers joked that on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he had “COVID toe” but implied between the lines that he actually had a fractured pinky toe (which he may or may not have sustained by walking into a hard object).

The Wall Street Journal wrote up the “COVID toe” remarks and said it was a real aftereffect of the pandemic with symptoms including lesions. Rodgers responded by putting his toe up in front of his Zoom camera at a press conference to show there were no lesions.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) stands on the sideline
Aaron Rodgers has reportedly not practiced this week amid drama surround his toe.
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He then lambasted writer Molly Knight for writing the story and asked for an apology from her and her editors. Knight, who writes a Substack page about baseball, had shared the story, but did not author the article.

Sunday is a pretty big game for both the Packers and the Rams. The Rams are 7-3 while the Packers are 8-3. Both are battling the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals for the lone playoff bye earned by being the top seed in the NFC. Los Angeles is coming off two losses — to the Titans and 49ers — while Green Bay fell to the Vikings and is heading into a bye of its own.

Aaron Rodgers shows off his "fractured toe" during a Zoom press conference.
Aaron Rodgers shows off his “fractured toe” during a Zoom press conference.
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The Packers have been bludgeoned by injuries. Reading the tea leaves, it looks like they should get star running back Aaron Jones back against the Rams. Jones, who missed the Vikings game with an MCL injury, has practiced throughout the week.

It has been an enduring mystery as to when or even whether cornerback Jaire Alexander, an All-Pro last season out since October with a sprained AC joint, will return for Green Bay this year. The same goes for pass rusher Za’Darius Smith, who had 26 combined sacks in 2019 and 2020 and has been out since Week 1 after back surgery. All-pro left tackle David Bakhtiari still has not played yet this year after tearing his ACL last season.



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