Aaron Rodgers has been battling a pitcher injury for several weeks, and some new information suggests the illness is more serious than initially thought.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that the injury Rodgers suffered on October 9 against the New York Giants was a jerking fracture of his thumb. Injury occurs when extreme force causes the ligaments in the thumb to rupture from where it was attached. Some bone is usually removed along with the ligament when it breaks. Surgery is almost always required, and a source told Rapoport that Rodgers will likely have surgery after the season because the injury has yet to fully heal.
Rodgers was hit in the arm while he was making a pass during Green Bay’s loss to the Giants in London earlier this season. A recent close-up video show how nasty the wound looks.
While Rodgers said the injury wasn’t the worst he’s ever experienced, it has almost certainly affected his form. He threw 2,542 yards, 19 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 11 games. He’s on track for one of the worst statistical seasons of his career.
Rodgers had some lousy pitches in last Thursday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. He gave a his honest assessment of his play after the game. You have to admire that he doesn’t use a thumb injury as an excuse, but it seems like a valid excuse.