What is COVID toe? Explaining Aaron Rodgers’ painful injury that could linger for Packers

Aaron Rodgers was able to get over his bout with COVID relatively quickly. The Packers’ unvaccinated quarterback missed 10 days of action, but was only out for one game against the Chiefs.

How did he feel after his first game back against the Vikings? Pretty good overall, he said on “The Pat McAfee Show,” but there is one small problem.

“No lingering effects other than the COVID toe,” Rodgers told McAfee.

COVID toe is apparently the painful injury that Rodgers previously referenced after the Packers’ 34-31 loss to the Vikings. But what exactly is it?

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What is Aaron Rodgers’ COVID toe injury?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, some people “develop discolored and swollen toes” as a result of contracting the coronavirus. Apparently, Rodgers was one of them.

The New York Times explained some of the symptoms more in-depth, and also noted that COVID toes are actually a good sign for the body’s immune system.

The lesions are red or purple in white people, and often purplish or brownish in people of color. They cause painful burning or itching sensations, and sometimes make it difficult for people to wear shoes or walk.


Now a study from France, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, sheds some light on the causes of Covid toes. The research indicates that the lesions may be a side effect of the immune system’s shift into high gear in response to exposure to the virus, which can damage cells and tissues in the process.

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Rodgers may have referenced COVID toe in his discussions with McAfee, but he also spoke about how a bone bruise in his foot is causing him pain.

“I’ve mentioned that it was more painful than turf toe and I had turf toe years ago. The problem with turf toe is that it’s that joint in your big toe and it is very painful,” Rodgers said. “So naturally I’m leading people to understand that if it’s worse than turf toe, there must be some sort of bone issue.”

So, Rodgers doesn’t believe that COVID is the only reason his toe is a bit banged up. When will he be 100 percent after this injury? He was mum on his future, though it appears that he is still planning to play through the pain.

“I’ve already talked enough on the show about my medical status. I’ve given you enough information at this point,” Rodgers joked. “I have an injury that’s not going away. And I’m going to be dealing with it for at least the next few weeks.”

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Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns against the Vikings despite the injury, so the Packers shouldn’t expect a huge drop-off from their franchise quarterback.

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