Aaron Rodgers was able to get over his bout with COVID before having to miss a second game as NFL rules state he had to miss 10 days of action, but was only out for one game against the Chiefs.
He seemed to have no lingering effects, aside from one small problem that could get worse later.
“No lingering effects other than the COVID toe,” Rodgers said on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
COVID toe is apparently the painful injury that Rodgers previously referenced after the Packers’ 34-31 loss to the Vikings. Rodgers described the injury as “worse” than turf toe, and was even added to the team’s injury report.
“It’s very, very painful. I got stepped on in the first half, and that kind of activated all the symptoms that I was having,” Rodgers said after the game. “It’s going to be another painful week next week, and then hopefully I can get healed up during the bye.”
Here’s how social media reacted to it:
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, some people “develop discolored and swollen toes” as a result of contracting the coronavirus. I guess we can add Rodgers to that list.
The New York Times explained some of the symptoms more in-depth:
“The lesions are red or purple in white people, and often purplish or brownish in people of color. They cause painful burning or itching sensations, and sometimes make it difficult for people to wear shoes or walk.
Now a study from France, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, sheds some light on the causes of Covid toes. The research indicates that the lesions may be a side effect of the immune system’s shift into high gear in response to exposure to the virus, which can damage cells and tissues in the process.”
Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for a season-high 385 yards and four touchdowns and carried it twice for 21 yards. It wasn’t enough as the Packers lost to the Vikings on a last second field goal.
The loss dropped the Packers to 8-3, but still squarely atop the NFC North.