‘Thumb Down’ For Rodgers’ Calf

In this case, that's a good thing, which Aaron Rodgers explained during his weekly radio show on Tuesday. However, Rodgers understands that he's going to have to labor through the injury for one or, possibly, two more games.

For Aaron Rodgers, thumb’s down was a thumb’s up.

Rodgers and team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie established some hang signals last week so Rodgers could tell McKenzie how his injured left calf was doing during a series.

“Thumb down actually meant I’m doing really good,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee on Tuesday. “A couple of times (when) I gave a thumb down to the sideline, I was giving it to Doc McKenzie to let him know I’m feeling good. It’s kind of like ‘New York Bozo’ — it doesn’t really mean a whole lot or what you think it means.”

Rodgers said he emerged from the Dallas game feeling “OK” and is just going to have to cope with the injury in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Seattle and a possible Super Bowl two weeks later.

“It was worse than when I started the game,” Rodgers said. “But, yeah, it’s doing OK. I think a lot of people are tired of it. I’m tired of talking about it, but it is what it is. It’s just going to be an injury. The training staff did a great job of helping me get ready to play. I was able to get through it. It will be a similar schedule this week as far as practice time, but I’ll be definitely playing.”

Rodgers said he appreciates all the support from the fans, including the countless remedies sent to the training staff, and that he and the training staff are working tirelessly to get Rodgers’ calf in as good of shape as possible for a showdown against the Seahawks’ indomitable defense.

“I can promise you that we’re doing everything we can to use all the knowledge that they have and outside knowledge to get me back on the field,” Rodgers said.

The Packers advanced to Sunday’s NFC Championship by dispatching the Cowboys 26-21. Despite the injury, Rodgers performed brilliantly in the second half and completed his final 11 passes.

After the game, he waved to the fans and blew a kiss toward the record 79,704 in attendance.

“To finish the season 9-0 at home was very special,” Rodgers said. “Just a great connection between the fans and us, the players, and a great appreciation for the role that we play in having that great home field-advantage.”

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