Aaron Rodgers can’t escape COVID-19-related jokes.
During Fox’s national telecast of Packers vs. Rams on Sunday, play-by-play announcer Joe Buck knocked out two birds with one stone with a one-liner about Rodgers’ “COVID toe” which made headlines last week. He also made sure to pay homage to Rodgers’ “immunized” comment that sparked a controversy a few weeks ago.
Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews set up Buck by reporting that Rodgers received an injection in his left foot before the game and couldn’t feel the toe.
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“So Aaron is telling us that he’s had his toe immunized against the pain,” Buck said.
Earlier in the broadcast, Buck referred to Rodgers as “Mr. Bad Toe.”
The toe references come from Rodgers’ appearance last week on the “Pat McAfee Show.” Rodgers told McAfee he was suffering the effects of “COVID toe.” This is a real condition that COVID-19 patients can experience. Rodgers then denied his own claim Wednesday during his press availability, going so far as to stick out his foot out and say he had a fractured toe.
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Rodgers didn’t practice Friday because of the toe, but he seemed to not be struggling much during Sunday’s game.
Buck’s “immunized” comment was a reference to the word that sparked a heated debate over Rodgers’ vaccination status. Rodgers used the word during the preseason to describe his status, but when he tested positive for COVID-19 in early November, it was discovered that Rodgers was not vaccinated.
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Buck’s comment received mixed reviews on Twitter. Some fans applauded him for a clever remark while others said his joke was lame and overdone. A sample of the responses to what Buck said:
Ok I love Joe Buck now.
“Aaron Rodgers was telling us that his toe has been immunized against pain”
— Grizzy G (@gerog33) November 28, 2021
Joe Buck feeling himself after that toe-immunized line.
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) November 28, 2021