Toe injury continues to loom
It has been a turbulent few weeks for Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, as he’s been a regular feature on the injury report. After spending last week battling a toe injury, what is the latest regarding Rodgers’ status for Week 12?
Aaron Rodgers is struggling with a toe injury
After returning from his COVID-enforced absence, Rodgers spent Week 11 on the Packers’ injury report with a toe injury. There was speculation that the toe injury was just an excuse to give Rodgers more rest. However, on Sunday morning, both Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that it is a real concern.
Rodgers was able to play through the injury on Sunday and improved as the game progressed. Yet, the toe injury is expected to linger over the coming weeks and could place him on the injury report regularly. Rodgers provided an update on his injury on Pat McAfee’s show on Tuesday. Rodgers told McAfee that it is “worse than turf toe, and it’s definitely not going away.”
The Packers QB started to look like himself again in the second half against the Vikings
Rodgers had a mixed performance in Week 10 on his return from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 292 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He did not look like himself but avoided making a number of big mistakes as the Packers won 17-0 over the Seattle Seahawks.
Rodgers continued to look below par in the first half of the Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers scored just 10 points in that half, and it took until the final 30 seconds to find the end zone. Through the first half, he had 186 passing yards and a touchdown while going 13-of-22.
Of those 186 yards and 13 completions, a large portion came on the final drive of the half. Rodgers went 5-of-7 for 77 yards on that drive, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Josiah Deguara.
In the second half, Rodgers completed 10 of 11 passes for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns. All told, he finished Week 11 with 385 passing yards and 4 TDs while going 23-of-33 with a passer rating of 148.4.
Fantasy implications of Rodgers’ injury
We have seen the two sides of what can happen to the fantasy options on the Packers when Rodgers is hobbled. In Week 10, all of his wide receivers struggled, while AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones both had to deal with stacked boxes as defenses challenged Rodgers to make plays.
However, in Week 11, Dillon generated 97 scrimmage yards, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Davante Adams both went over 100 receiving yards and saw a combined 18 targets. The drastic improvement from Rodgers in the second half against the Vikings should provide excitement for fantasy managers. It seemed as though Rodgers got back to himself, and the receivers reaped the rewards.