Aaron Rodgers’ foot injury has reached new heights of weirdness.
After rumors floated around the internet that Rodgers’ mysterious toe injury was a symptom of his COVID diagnosis, the Packers quarterback set the record straight — by literally pulling his bare foot out for everyone to see on a press conference.
“I have a fractured toe,” Rodgers clarified, holding his foot up for everyone to see — regardless of whether they wanted to.
The 37-year-old went on to clarify that the “COVID toe” comment he made on Tuesday’s episode of “The Pat McAfee Show” was indeed a joke, per The Athletic. He then ripped a Wall Street Journal article that claimed the injury was a medical condition brought on by his diagnosis.
Rodgers — during his usual Tuesday appearance on McAfee’s show — seemed to imply his “very painful” toe injury is a result of his bout with COVID-19 earlier this month.
“I’m thankful that I felt good in just a few days and didn’t have any lingering effects [of COVID-19], other than the COVID toe,” Rodgers said.
COVID toe, however, is a real condition, per the Wall Street Journal. The symptoms include discoloration (red, white, purple, brown) of the toes and lesions. It can be especially painful, and sometimes cause difficulty walking.
“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 Journal. “It’s part of our body’s response to the virus. It’s almost too much of a good thing.”
Instead, Rodgers’ injury was a simple broken toe. The internet can now revel in the fact that his feet pics will be out there forever.
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