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The Green Bay Packers were able to consolidate the NFC’s No.1 seed and with that comes a much-needed week off. As they sit down and watch the rest of the conference go head-to-head during Super Wild Card weekend, they’ll be able to rest for whoever makes their way through the division round. Naturally, the week off is good for teams as various injured players can recover a bit during the period and that appears to include quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers star has suffered a toe injury for most of the second half of the season, but is in the process of regaining his strength. Rodgers has noted that he is no longer taking pain reliever injections on that toe to help him play and expects to be 100% by the time Green Bay takes the field next week.
“I haven’t had it for several weeks now, so that’s the most encouraging thing,” Rodgers said Wednesday, via NFL.com. “I went the last week without doing it. It was just a pretty standard shot in the toe, very painful, numbing agent. It got me through games. The goal was to be able not to. have to do that. It’s I went a few games without doing that. So I feel good, I trained today, almost 100%. I think I should be 100% by then next week.
Rodgers fractured his toe in November and has struggled with his injury ever since. That said, injury hasn’t stopped him from playing at a high level as he’s currently the betting favorite to win the NFL MVP for the second year in a row. The 38-year-old was particularly keen to end the year. Since the week 13 exemption, Rodgers has made about 75% of his passes for 247.4 passing yards per game, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. The fact that he was able to make it under 100% is a scary proposition for the rest of the conference ahead of the division round.