Aaron Rodgers toughed it out to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 36-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The quarterback has been suffering from a severe toe injury. Rodgers surprisingly opted to forego medical care, allowing the toe to heal on its own.
He threw for 307 yards and two TD’s and got the win for his team. Despite playing through intense pain, Rodgers told the media that it doesn’t matter. If he’s stepping on the field, he expects greatness under any condition.
“When I step on the field, I expect greatness. Anyone who’s a great competitor feels the same way. I don’t lean on excuses: not practicing, a little toe injury. It definitely isn’t the ideal situation not to practice.
But if I can go out there, take mental reps, go through the plan and my preparation and feel good about what I’m doing, and when I get out there, I’ve just got to rely on my instincts.”
With the win over the Rams, Green Bay solidified their stranglehold on the NFC North lead. The team is currently 9-3, and Rodgers has the offense humming. They’ve got a date with the division rival Chicago Bears on December 12.
Rodgers will hope the bye-week helps his toe heal. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for a break. Of course, the injury itself happened while Rodgers was away from the team quarantining after contracting COVID-19, so everything is relative.