Aaron Rodgers believes his problematic left toe "should be 100% by next week" when the Green Bay Packers resume action in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs.
Rodgers, who is 1/4 to be named the regular season MVP for a second year running, participated in Packers practice on Wednesday and sounded a positive note to reporters later.
The 38-year-old fractured the fifth toe on his left foot in November and has been bothered by the injury ever since, although his performances in the past two months have hardly suffered.
Rodgers threw 20 touchdown passes without an interception since returning in Week 11 to help Green Bay put together a late-season streak of seven wins.
That earned the NFC North champions a welcome bye week to rest and recuperate prior to opening their postseason bid with a clash against the lowest-seeded NFC contender left after Super Wild Card weekend - a clash that will be available to watch via bet365's Sports Live Streaming platform.
Rodgers says he's no longer taking a pain-killing injection to help him play and expects to be able to do so again at Lambeau Field next weekend.
"I haven't taken one in a number of weeks now, so that's been the most encouraging thing," Rodgers told ESPN on Wednesday.
"Got through last week without doing one. It was just a pretty standard shot in the toe, very painful, a numbing agent. That helped get me through the games.
"The whole goal was to be able to not have to do that. It's been a few games without doing that. So I'm feeling good, practiced today, close to 100 percent. I think I should be 100 percent by next week."
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