Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his toe injury is a "little worse than turf toe" but added that he is hoping he won't have to miss any time. Rodgers left the game against Minnesota Vikings just before the end of the first half but returned to the field in the second half.
"I'm just going to have to get to the bye and hope I can get some healing over the bye week," Rodgers said. "Probably the same schedule next week. Was in a lot of pain. Went in at halftime early to get it checked out.
It's very, very painful. Got stepped on the first half, and that kind of activated all the symptoms I was having. It's going to be another painful week and next week, and then hopefully start to feel a little better on the bye."
The Packers suffered a heartbreaking loss as the Vikings made a field goal as time expired to claim a 34-31 win. "I thought in the second half we finally started to get into a better rhythm," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.
"We started to be a little bit more aggressive, and our execution was on point. There was a lot of good within the game. Certainly, we'd like to finish a couple of those drives a little bit better."
Rodgers not blaming the Packers defense
"Our defense has been playing so good, some days have to outscore teams that get hot on offense," Rodgers said.
"We had an opportunity to score 40 points today, and when you're playing an offense that's hot, that has a hot quarterback, and stud receivers and a stud back, you gotta keep scoring. "We've had a couple games like this over the years, thinking about 2012 especially, where we gotta outscore them at their place.
We didn't do that today. But I think for us personally on offense, we gotta to start faster. We gotta score touchdowns on those opening plays, so I know Matt will be looking at that this week and dial up some good stuff for L.A."
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a big game as he caught nine passes for 143 yards. Jefferson caught two touchdown passes. "I was telling them I'm not leaving today without getting in the end zone," Jefferson said.
"So, glad I got in there twice. I've been telling them to just throw it up to any one of us. We're confident enough to make the catch, make a big play for the team, and I feel like we made a lot of those today."