Aaron Rodgers walks back Covid toe claim, calling it disinformation

Green Bay, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers is retracting his statement claiming that he had Covid Toe, instead saying he simply broke his pinky toe.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers flashes a smile during a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers flashes a smile during a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

One day after referring to his toe injury as "Covid toe" on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers found himself once again clearing the air of what he referred to as "disinformation."

During a Zoom press conference call on Wednesday, Rodgers said that rather than suffering from Covid Toe, an actual condition that some people suffer from after being infected with Covid-19, he instead fractured his pinky toe.

At one point of the press conference, Rodgers even went so far as to hold his bare foot in camera view to prove he didn't, in fact, have Covid toe.

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According to the Cleveland Clinic, Covid toe is a condition where the toes or fingers of a person with Covid-19 become swollen and discolored. Though the condition is rare, it's not unheard of.

"That's actually called disinformation when you perpetuate false information about an individual. I have a fractured toe," Rodgers said.

During the 37-year-old's weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee show, Rodgers was asked how he was doing since having Covid-19, to which he responded he, "Didn't have any lingering effects, other than Covid toe."

Following his interview with McAfee, the Wall Street Journal ran an article that seemed to have Initially taken Rodgers' sentiments as fact, and did a deep dive into the medical condition that is quite literally called Covid toe.

However real it is, Rodgers ultimately said he wasn't suffering from it, adding in the press conference that he didn't even know it was a real thing.

According to ESPN, Rodgers said he broke his toe during an at-home workout while quarantining in the week leading up to the Green Bay Packers' blowout game against the Seattle Seahawks.

In regard to his treatment and overall health, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur told ESPN, "Certainly we'll handle it day by day, but a lot of it's just going to be on how he's feeling."

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