Aaron Rodgers ‘feels great’ heading into next season despite newly-revealed injuries
Arguably the most dramatic comeback of Aaron Rodgers’ Hall-of-Fame career came in the 2018 season-opener, when the Green Bay Packers superstar returned from being carted off the field in the second quarter to lead his team to a stunning come-from-behind victory over the rival Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Despite creating what he called “one of my favorite memories” and starting each of the 15 games remaining in the regular season, though, we’ve now learned that Rodgers didn’t escape the Packers’ 24-23 win unscathed — not even close.
In a Tuesday appearance on ESPN’s Wilde & Tausch Show, the two-time MVP said he suffered a tibial plateau fracture and sprained MCL in his left leg stemming from the hit that initially sent him to the sidelines against Chicago. The severity of Rodgers’ injuries, which resulted in him wearing a bulky brace on his knee through Week 8, had not previously been disclosed.
Not to worry, though, Packers fans. The 35-year-old wasn’t just able to participate in the start of Green Bay’s offseason program on Monday, but also stressed just how well he feels after a season marred by injury.
“But it is nice to be sitting here — you know the offseason on your body, especially as an older player, it’s great,” Rodgers said, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “I feel great. My legs feel good. My feet feel good. It would be nice to be a little healthier from the start. It’s something you can’t avoid, but I’ve made some changes to my offseason training regimen and approach and the kind of team that I have around me, which I think is going to help.”
Rodgers threw for 25 touchdowns and completed 62.3 percent of his touchdowns, both well below established career norms, last year, as the Packers missed the playoffs for second consecutive season.
Under new head coach Matt LaFleur, Rodgers is fully expected to regain the form that’s long made him one of the several most valuable players in all of football. He’ll have the help of a rebuilt Green Bay defense, which added impact players like pass-rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith and safety Adrian Amos with big-money contracts in the opening days of free agency.