Aaron Rodgers was able to start all 16 games of the 2018 season despite a knee injury at the start of the year. We knew that throughout the season, but on Tuesday Rodgers detailed the extent of those injuries.
In an interview with Wilde & Tausch on ESPN Wisconsin, Rodgers said he suffered a tibial plateau fracture and a sprained MCL in his left knee against the Bears in week one.
“If you watch the hit back, just my two bones that come together on the outside just kind of made an indent fracture. Very painful. The good thing was it’s not super weight bearing, load bearing every single time, but there’s definitely some movements and things you do naturally that affected it,” said Rodgers on Wilde and Tausch.
The Packers quarterback returned in the second half to lead Green Bay to a 17 point comeback win, but still had to play the remainder of the season with that injury.
“I don’t feel like after the first quarter of the season, the first game, I really wasn’t 100 percent the entire year. That’s not an excuse for the way I played or didn’t play, but it limited my mobility for a good part of the season,” said Rodgers.
Rodgers’ season came to an end after he sustained a concussion in the first half against Detroit. According to the quarterback, it was the first time he ever took himself out of the game.
“I’m proud of the fact that I started 16 games. It’s disappointing how it ended. Getting that concussion was disappointing and also a little scary. I couldn’t see. I lost vision, definitely peripheral,” said Rodgers. “I got hit and I came on the sideline, then I was sitting on the bench, then I went back out there. By that third series the normal peripheral shrunk to like blinders.”
Rodgers said in the interview that he feels good as players return to Green Bay for offseason workouts. He did not need to have surgery on his left knee, and said he felt good after returning from his trip to New Zealand.