GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers hurt more than just his pride on the touchdown run that ended with his emphatic spike and championship belt.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback admitted Tuesday during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that he suffered a leg injury on the play, which happened on the opening drive of the third quarter of the Packers’ 42-24 victory at Houston, and acknowledged that he may be on the injury report when it’s released Wednesday afternoon.
“I hurt myself on that run. I did, yeah,” said Rodgers, who could be seen limping late in the game, before calling it a night and turning things over to backup Graham Harrell. “I probably should have slid. I hurt my leg a little bit, but I think I’ll be OK.”
Asked if the injury was bad enough to land him on the injury report, Rodgers replied, “Yeah, probably. Maybe. We’ll see.” He later said that he will play Sunday at St. Louis, regardless.
Rodgers eluded Texans linebacker Connor Barwin inside the pocket and ran in from 11 yards out, taking a hit at the goal line from cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Rodgers did his patented “Discount Double Check” move after spiking the ball, was congratulated by Randall Cobb … and then realized that left tackle Marshall Newhouse had been flagged for holding.
“I could tell (there was a penalty) because there weren’t a lot of guys coming to celebrate with me. So either they didn’t like me very much, or they knew it was coming back,” Rodgers said. “A little embarrassing.
“You know the fans are all laughing at you. There were a couple of Packers fans I was looking at in the first couple of rows. I think you need to be able to laugh at yourself, to have a sense of humor. I was kind of laughing along with the rest of the crowd there. I felt good about the run, I thought it was one of the more athletic plays I had that night. (The touchdown makes it) 28-10 there, and I was thinking, ‘(We’re) up by three scores now.’”
The Packers did wind up scoring anyway, on a 1-yard Rodgers-to-Jordy Nelson touchdown pass after Barwin was flagged for leaping to try to block Mason Crosby’s field-goal attempt.
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