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Aaron Rodgers accuses Packers coaches of leaking information about his injured toe to reporters

America’s most famous toe is back in the news this week as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers accuses his team’s coaching staff of leaking news to reporters about his injured digit.

On Tuesday, during his regular weekly interview with Sirius XM’s Pat McAfee, Rodgers addressed various reports that his fractured toe might need surgery.

‘With these reports – I don’t know where they’re coming from,’ Rodgers said. ‘I don’t know who’s talking. It seems like there are certain coaches that may have friends in the media that they don’t realize are actually just trying to report things.’

McAfee’s co-host, former Packers linebacker AJ Hawk, chimed in, asking: ‘Guys on the Green Bay staff, you’re saying?’ 

Rodgers responded: ‘There were guys for a while who had their people who they would leak stuff to.’

He did not specifically call out Packers head coach Matt LeFleur or any member of the Green Bay staff.

Rodgers told McAfee that he is not currently expecting have toe surgery. If he does have a ‘minor’ procedure, he said, it wouldn’t require him to miss any games. 

Green Bay is entering its bye week, so the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player can rest his ailing foot until the Packers host the Chicago Bears on December 12. 

The injury became national news last week when Rodgers first said the issue was ‘COVID toe’ following his early-November bout with coronavirus. The next day, he revealed that he wasn’t being serious and that the toe was really fractured.  

Rodgers (center) claimed to Pat McAfee (left) and former teammate AJ Hawk (right) that current Packers coaches may be leaking information about his injured toe to reporters 

Rodgers is not currently expected to have toe surgery and Green Bay is entering its bye week, so the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player can rest his ailing foot

Rodgers is not currently expected to have toe surgery and Green Bay is entering its bye week, so the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player can rest his ailing foot

‘No lingering effects other than the Covid toe,’ Rodgers told McAfee last week when the radio host asked about his recent bout with COVID-19.

Although he did chuckle, Rodgers did not explain that he was joking by saying ‘COVID toe,’ which is a real condition typically involving skin lesions.

During a video press conference with reporters on November 24, however, the embattled quarterback revealed that he actually has a fractured toe, and not any lesions that are associated with COVID toe, or pernio, as it is also known.

To prove his point, Rodgers showed his bare foot to the camera while blaming the media for reporting his ‘COVID toe’ comment. Reports of Rodgers’ ‘COVID toe’ first surfaced in The Wall Street Journal, which he seemed to reference in his November 24 press conference.

‘I mentioned yesterday that it’s worse than turf toe and it must be a bone issue,’ he said, as quoted by Pro Football Talk. ‘I can’t believe I have to come on here and talk about my medical information — but yeah, I have a fractured toe.

‘I’ve never heard of COVID toe before,’ he continued. ‘I have no lesions on my feet. It’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.’

Aaron Rodgers proved he does not have any lesions on his toes by revealing his foot on camera

Aaron Rodgers proved he does not have any lesions on his toes by revealing his foot on camera

Rodgers was reportedly at odds with members of the Packers front office leading up to this season and actually skipped mandatory minicamp before both sides agreed to a new restructured contract.  

As reported by ESPN, the Packers adjusted Rodgers’s contract to give the team more cap room without docking him any of his $21 million salary for the 2021 season.   

The agreement voided the final year (2023) of Rodgers’s deal and has terms in place that allowing him to leave after this season.  

There had been a growing belief that Rodgers would retire rather than return to the Packers. Rodgers made cryptic comments before the 2020 NFC title game, saying his future is a ‘beautiful mystery.’

However, he had never called out Packers coach Matt LaFleur or any members of his staff prior to Tuesday’s interview with McAfee.  

It may sound like a pseudoscientific diagnosis, but Covid toe, also known as pernio or chilblains, has been found 'with increasing frequency in children and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic,' according to a recent study in the British Journal of Dermatology. The condition can result in discoloration or lesions around the toes, and as Rodgers said after Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it is 'very, very painful'

It may sound like a pseudoscientific diagnosis, but Covid toe, also known as pernio or chilblains, has been found ‘with increasing frequency in children and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic,’ according to a recent study in the British Journal of Dermatology. The condition can result in discoloration or lesions around the toes, and as Rodgers said after Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it is ‘very, very painful’

Rodgers has been criticized for misleading the public about health issues this season. 

Previously, when asked in August if he was vaccinated against COVID-19, he told reporters that he was ‘immunized,’ which made it sound as though he had received the injection.

In early November it was revealed that Rodgers was, in fact, not vaccinated when he contracted COVID-19 and was forced to quarantine for 10 days — the minimum amount of time an unvaccinated player must be away from the team, per league rules.

After initially blaming the media for the misunderstanding, Rodgers apologized in a November 9 interview ‘to anybody who felt misled.’

Rodgers’s spurious ‘COVID toe’ claim initially made sense because the condition has been documented.

Rodgers did not specifically call out Packers head coach Matt LeFleur (pictured) or any member of his staff, but he did suggest that one of them leaked information to reporters

Rodgers did not specifically call out Packers head coach Matt LeFleur (pictured) or any member of his staff, but he did suggest that one of them leaked information to reporters

It may sound like a pseudoscientific diagnosis, but COVID toe, also known as pernio or chilblains, has been found ‘with increasing frequency in children and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic,’ according to a recent study in the British Journal of Dermatology.

The condition can result in discoloration or lesions around the toes.

Researchers believe that COVID toes are caused by excess interferon, which is a protein the body uses to fight infection.

‘The way I would think about it is it’s basically a side effect of how your own immune system is fighting the virus,’ Esther Freeman, a doctor and principal investigator for the Covid-19 Dermatology Registry, told The Wall Street Journal. ‘It’s part of our body’s response to the response to the virus. It’s almost too much of a good thing.’

Typically the issues subside within one to four weeks of the COVID-19 infection, according to Freeman.

‘The best way to avoid Covid Toes is to get vaccinated,’ Freeman said.

What are ‘COVID toes’ and why do some people who get the virus suffer bruises on their feet?

By Mary Kekatos, US Health Editor for DailyMail.com 

What are ‘COVID toes’? 

‘COVID toes’ are a mysterious symptom of COVID-19 in which patients suffer bruising, rashes and lesions on the feet.

In some cases, people can experience the condition on their fingers as well. 

COVID toes can develop at any age, but the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says it is more common among children, teenagers and young adults. 

What are the signs and symptoms? 

The skin on one or more of the toes swells up and becomes red and inflamed before turning purple.

In addition to discolored feet, suffers may also experience  

  • Blisters
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Patches of rough skin
  • Small amount of pus under the skin

What causes COVID toes?

It’s still unclear what causes COVID toes, but there are several theories.

One study from France theorized the complication is caused by antibodies mistakenly attacking the body’s own tissue 

Others suggest the skin reaction could be the result of tiny clots in the toes’ blood vessels caused by the virus. 

Additionally, doctors say that it’s common for people to develop rashes when they’re battling infections, especially viral respiratory infections like COVID-19.

How do you get rid of COVID toes? 

The AAD recommends applying a hydrocortisone cream to reduce symptoms such as pain and itching. 

COVID toes generally clear up on their own in about a week or two with no long-term damage to the skin.

However, if you experience a foot rash spontaneously with no other symptoms, immediately contact your primary care physician.

Researchers say COVID toes are caused by excess interferon, which is a protein the body uses to fight infection. This photo shows an anonymous patient's COVID toe

Researchers say COVID toes are caused by excess interferon, which is a protein the body uses to fight infection. This photo shows an anonymous patient’s COVID toe 


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