Aaron Rodgers went down with a leg injury during Week 1 of the 2018 season in the Packers’ Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay.
In a seemingly miraculous turn of events, Rodgers was able to return to the field in relief of backup QB DeShone Kiser who took for the Packers over after the injury, and lead the Packers to a comeback win.
Though Rodgers was able to play out the year, we now know that the injury affected the Green Bay Packers quarterback throughout the entire 2018 season.
Rodgers appeared on the “Wilde and Tausch” show of ESPN Wisconsin this week and revealed that he suffered not only a sprained MCL, but fractured his tibia in his leg leg during the 2nd quarter sack that caused the injury in that game against Chicago.
“If you watch the hit back,” Rodgers said, “just my two bones are coming together on the outside, just kind of made an indent fracture. Very painful. The good thing was it’s not super weight bearing, like load bearing every single time. but there definitely was some movement and things you do naturally that affected it.”
A tibial plateau fracture is a break of the upper part of the shinbone and takes months to recover from. For reference, J.J. Watt and Kobe Bryant have both suffered the same injury. Watt missed the entire rest of the season and Bryant missed months.
“I really wasn’t 100 percent the entire year,” Rodgers noted during the interview. “I’m proud of the fact that I started 16 games. It’s disappointing how it ended.”