Green Bay Packers QB playing through broken thumb

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing with a broken thumb. he confirmed to reporters on Wednesday. Rodgers said he suffered the injury in Green Bay’s Oct. 9 loss to the New York Giants in London, England. The Packers are 1-5 in six games, all featuring Rodgers. Rodgers has 11 rebounds against four interceptions in that stretch.

Four times NFL MVP said that there was an operation never considered. Rodgers said it was the first broken thumb of his playing career, but he broke his index finger and pinky on separate occasions. The Green Bay signal caller is unconcerned about any questions about Rodgers’ ability to throw the ball with a broken thumb.

“I think my injuries were bad,” Rodgers said. “It’s definitely tough. But the weekend helped me feel better this week. . . . It’s no big deal. You saw the tape on my thumb. It didn’t do anything.”

Rodgers suffered the aforementioned finger injury during his collegiate career at Cal Berkeley in the early to mid-2000s. NFL veteran Fresno State head football coach Jeff Tedford, then Cal’s head coach, told the stark truth about the injuries that still plague Rodgers 17 years into his pro career.

“When I broke my index finger in college, it was a little more important finger (for throwing the football),” Rodgers said. “But when I was training, Coach Tedford said, ‘I don’t care what hurts. You have a day off. If you miss one more day of practice, you’re back up again,” I remember.

Rodgers was the No. 24 overall pick by Green Bay in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Northern California native was projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers that spring before going with Utah’s Alex Smith. Rodgers continues to build one of the most impressive careers in league history with the Packers, which culminated in a Super Bowl title during the 2011 campaign.

Rogers, who attended Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, California, went the JUCO route to start his collegiate career. He spent one season at Butte College in 2002 before transferring to Cal, where he was a two-year starter for the Bears. Rodgers threw for over 2,900 yards in his first year on campus in 2003 and followed that up with 2,566 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2004. Cal won 10 games en route to an AP Top 10 finish in the 2004 season.

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The Packers play at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The ball is scheduled for 20:20.


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