Packers QB Rodgers says Vikings' Barr 'gave him the finger' after suffering collarbone injury
LOS ANGELES—More details have emerged following the controversial hit by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, courtesy of Rodgers himself.
In a Thursday, Oct. 27 appearance on TBS's "Conan O'Brien Show," Rodgers revealed that there was more to the sack saga that the public never saw.
"I looked over at him (Barr) as I walked off the field," Rodgers said. "The cameras caught me saying something to him, but what they missed was him (Barr) giving the finger and the 'suck it' sign."
The hit on Rodgers by Barr broke Rodgers' collarbone. He was placed injured reserve, which guarantees Rodgers will be out a minimum of eight weeks. Barr was neither fined nor suspended for the hit by the NFL.
"By no means was I trying to take out Aaron Rodgers," Barr said in an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct. 20. "He's one of the, if not best players in this league. I'm not a dirty player. I don't play dirty. We don't preach that around here. It's unfortunate, the injury... I wish him a speedy recovery."
Rodgers, a California native who played college football at Cal, stopped by the show in Los Angeles as the Packers are on their bye week.
Rodgers underwent successful surgery on Oct. 19 to repair his broken right clavicle and is eligible to return off IR Dec. 23.
Their opponent that week? The Minnesota Vikings.