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Aaron Rodgers Says He Does NOT Have COVID Toe, Was Just Making Joke
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 13: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by
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Aaron Rodgers has had it with the talk about his injured toe, whipping out his foot at a press conference to show reporters exactly what’s going on.

The move by the Green Bay Packers quarterback followed reports that he has “COVID toe” — a claim the Wall Street Journal wrote an entire article about supporting the case.

“I have a fractured toe,” Rodgers declared, holding his bare foot up for all to see. “I can’t believe I have to again come on here and talk about my medical information but yeah, I have a fractured toe. I never heard of COVID toe before. I have no lesions on my feet. That’s just a classic case of disinformation.”

“It’s surprising coming from what used to be a reputable journalistic institution but that’s the world we live in these days,” Rodgers said.

The whole mess began when Rodgers sat down for an interview Tuesday and when asked about his health following a bout with COVID-19, he quipped “no lingering effects, other than the COVID toe.”

That prompted the esteemed Journal to pen a lengthy piece headlined, “Aaron Rodgers Doesn’t Just Have Any Toe Injury. He Has COVID Toe.”

“COVID Toe is a casual name for something medically known as pernio or chilblains, which is a condition that causes symptoms such as discoloration and lesions. It can be extremely painful and turn the toes purple,” said the paper.

“The shred of good news, when it comes to COVID Toes, is that they’re a sign of the body’s strong immune response to the virus. Recent research, including an October study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, has found that COVID Toes typically occur in younger patients who experience mild symptoms. The problem is that, when the body produces too much of a type of interferon, it can create other problems—and produce COVID Toes,” said the Journal.

For the record, Rodgers himself said this on the Pat McAfee Show: “This is something that’s not going to go away. One option not on the table is sitting out. I’m going to push through this.” He added: “I believe that I mentioned it was more painful than turf toe. That joint in the big toe [with turf toe], it is very painful. So naturally I’m leading people to understand if it’s worse than turf toe, there must be some sort of bone issue.” He mentioned that one option is surgery.

Others said Rodgers doesn’t suffer from “COVID toe.”

“McAfee and Rodgers threw around the phrase ‘COVID toe’ — seemingly joking — as one possible explanation for his issue, as has been speculated by some fans making the connection between a COVID-19 diagnosis and a toe issue,” wrote USA Today. “But while the mysterious COVID-19 toe ailment could be painful, it’s not common to have pain associated with the skin discoloration that has shown up in some COVID-19 patients in fingers and toes. There isn’t a universally agreed upon timetable for the ailment to heal, which would differ from Rodgers’ certainty that he’d be dealing with the issue for several more weeks.”

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