GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers’ ankle is fine, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback says the secret to his success and ankle strength is not using tape.
Rodgers, who injured his right ankle during last Sunday’s victory at Chicago, said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that he wouldn’t have any problem being ready for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers injured his right ankle on a third-and-6 scramble with less than 11 minutes left in the game, when he was tackled by defensive end Corey Wootten and linebacker Lance Briggs a yard short of the first-down marker.
“It’s OK. It’s all right,” said Rodgers, who hurt the ankle when he was scrambling and was tackled by “I have pretty strong ankles. I’ve sprained my ankles a number of times over the years; I played basketball most of my childhood. One thing that I’ve sworn by … I haven’t taped my ankles in (about) nine years. I swear by it. I firmly believe … that when you tape the ankle joint the pressure goes up your leg to the next joint, so the knee obviously undertakes more of the pounding when you lock up that ankle joint. (So) I’ve not worn tape on my ankles my entire NFL career. I believe it helps you strengthen those ankles and so when you do have a twist like I had, which was pretty significant in the game, here I am a couple days later and there’s no doubt that I’ll play Sunday.”
Rodgers said he does special exercises to strengthen his ankle during the offseason, exercises where he works “on the balance and how your foot reacts with an unstable surface and teaching your brain to be able to balance and be able to use the balancing muscles in the ankles, and shin and calf. I do a lot of those in the offseason.”
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