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Aaron Rodgers claims ‘COVID toe’ was a joke, confirms toe is fractured

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers reacts after running for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Morry Gash/AP

Aaron Rodgers claims ‘COVID toe’ was a joke, confirms toe is fractured

Misty Severi November 24, 05:08 PMNovember 24, 05:08 PM

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers denied having COVID toe on Wednesday after joking about his toe injury on a talk show Tuesday, confirming his toe is actually fractured.

Rodgers clarified Wednesday he was joking when he told Pat McAfee during his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee Show that the toe injury he experienced was from his COVID-19 case earlier this month.

“I can’t believe I have to again come on here and talk about my medical information, but yeah, I have a fractured toe,” Rodgers said during the press conference. “I never heard of COVID toe before. I have no lesions on my feet. That’s just a classic case of disinformation.”


When asked about he felt after COVID-19, Rodgers said, “I felt good in just a few days without any lingering effects other than the COVID toe.”

He later implied his toe issue had to do with the bone, whereas the real condition known as “COVID toe” affects the skin.

“I believe that I’d mentioned that it’s more painful than turf toe, and I had turf toe years ago. The problem with turf toe is it’s that joint in your big toe, and it is very painful,” Rodgers said. “So naturally, if I’m leading people to understand that if it’s worse than turf toe, there must be some sort of bone issue. Again, it’s better the fifth toe than the first toe.”

COVID toe is a skin condition that can cause the toes to itch, swell, or blister, causing pain in the affected toes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Rodgers also chastised the Wall Street Journal during the conference for publishing an article on his COVID toe comment, saying the newspaper used to be a “reputable outlet.”


The Green Bay quarterback made headlines earlier this month when he tested positive for COVID-19. Rodgers ultimately admitted he was not vaccinated, despite earlier saying he was “immunized” from the disease. He later clarified that one of the ways he considered himself “immunized” was by taking the controversial medicine called ivermectin.

Rodgers said he would continue to play despite the toe injury, though other options, including surgery, are being considered.

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