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What is COVID toe? Explaining the injury Packers' Aaron Rodgers claims to have ahead of Week 12 vs. Rams

CBS Sports logo CBS Sports 11/24/2021 Cody Benjamin
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers watches from the sidelines during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21 © Provided by CBS Sports

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers watches from the sidelines during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21

Aaron Rodgers left the Packers' Week 11 loss to the Vikings with a "very, very painful toe injury," and now we might have a diagnosis for the ailment. Appearing on Tuesday's Pat McAfee Show, the reigning NFL MVP said he didn't have any lingering effects from his recent bout with COVID-19, except for "COVID toe." Rodgers and McAfee both laughed at the description in between jokes about the quarterback's COVID quarantine, so it's unclear if Rodgers was actually describing his condition. But "COVID toe" is a real medical condition, as the Wall Street Journal reported, and would theoretically be painful to overcome.

"Covid Toe is a casual name for something medically known as pernio or chilblains, which is a condition that causes symptoms as discoloration and lesions," Andrew Beaton wrote this week. "It can be extremely painful and turn the toes purple."


Video: The Rush: Aaron Rodgers continuing to confuse COVID story is a toe-tal debacle (Yahoo! Sports)

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Rodgers, for what it's worth, doesn't appear too worried about his status for this Sunday's game against the Rams. He previously indicated his foot injury was aggravated during Green Bay's loss to Minnesota, not because of COVID but an opposing player.

"Got stepped on the first half, and that kind of activated all the symptoms I was having," Rodgers told reporters afterward. "It's going to be another painful week and next week, and then hopefully (I'll) start to feel a little better on the bye."

Rodgers missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before the Packers' game against the Vikings but returned as a limited participant on Friday. Green Bay will have its bye in Week 13, after this Sunday's showdown with Los Angeles.

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