Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took part in an extended interview with ESPN Radio Milwaukee’s “Wilde and Tausch” on Monday.
In part one of the interview, Rodgers ripped last week’s Bleacher Report story on the discord within the Packers, a story that cited numerous sources and laid the blame for the team’s failures during Mike McCarthy’s tenure on both Rodgers and McCarthy. Rodgers called the story a “smear attack,” though the quarterback isn’t exactly known for having thick skin.
In part two of the interview, which aired Tuesday, Rodgers talked about last season’s injuries, among other things.
We already knew that Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the 2018 regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears. But it was more serious than has been previously reported.
“I had a tibial plateau fracture and obviously an MCL sprain,” Rodgers said. “So that was very painful. If you watch the [second-quarter] hit back, just my two bones here that come together on the outside just kind of made an indent fracture. Very painful.”
A tibial plateau fracture is a break in the upper part of the tibia, or shin bone.
Rodgers said he suffered a setback on his MCL recovery in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions.
Despite the injuries, Rodgers started all 16 games last season and did not need surgery once the season ended.
‘I lost vision’
Rodgers also discussed his Week 17 head injury, which also happened against the Lions.
“I’m proud of the fact that I started 16 games,” he said. “It’s disappointing how it ended, getting that concussion was disappointing and a little scary, honestly. I couldn’t see, I lost vision, definitely peripheral.”
Rodgers tried to return to the game after the hit but said he pulled himself once he realized his vision wasn’t right. (As an aside: where was the team medical staff or independent neurologist??)
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