Ever since the Green Bay Packers‘ loss to the New York Giants in London, Aaron Rodgers has been playing with a thumb injury.
Until now, it wasn’t confirmed exactly what the injury to Rodgers’ thumb was.
Now we know. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Rodgers confirmed that he has been playing with a broken thumb since the London game.
That explains why Rodgers has continued to deal with the injury without it seeming to get any better. The Packers really could’ve done with a bye week following their trip to London.
There’s little doubt the thumb must have impacted Rodgers’ game this year. It can’t be easy trying to throw accurate passes with a broken thumb. Just gripping the ball must be a challenge for the four-time MVP.
But there is only really one question to ask: is the injury bad enough that it is causing a decline in Rodgers’ performances?
If the answer is yes, why has he been playing every week since?
If Rodgers’ broken thumb is a serious enough injury that it is affecting his play, the right call would’ve been to sit him for a week or two following the London trip so that he could recover.
Instead, the Packers have lost five of their six games since their trip to London in Week 5, and that’s with Rodgers.
If the injury isn’t bad enough to keep Rodgers out, then it’s fair game to be critical of his performances. He missed a bunch of throws he’d usually make in his sleep in last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Sammy Watkins and Allen Lazard were wide open on potential first downs late in the game, but Rodgers missed them both.
Hopefully, the extra time off from the Thursday night game will help Rodgers get healthier. The Packers need him at his best to turn this season around.