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Thumb down means thumbs up to Packers' Aaron Rodgers

1/13/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When is a thumbs-down signal a good thing? When it's Aaron Rodgers and his strained left calf.

Perhaps you saw Rodgers make that gesture toward the Green Bay Packers' bench during Sunday's NFC divisional playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field. It was not a sign that Rodgers was hurt.

In fact, it was just the opposite.

It was a signal to let team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie know that Rodgers' calf was fine.

"Thumb down actually meant I'm doing really good," Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show. "A couple of times I gave a thumb down to the sideline, I was giving it to Doc McKenzie to let him know I'm feeling good."

The Fox TV cameras caught a glimpse of Rodgers doing it after his 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Richard Rodgers in the fourth quarter.

Apparently, it was a day filled with unusual signals, like the "New York Bozo" pre-snap call he made in the first quarter.

"It's kind of like New York Bozo, it doesn't really mean a whole lot or what you think it means," said Rodgers, who wouldn't say what New York Bozo referred to or how it started.

On Sunday after the game, Rodgers mentioned that he heard from dozens of fans who offered advice on how to help his strained left calf heal more quickly. On his radio show, he revealed one of the most interesting offers.

"The one that I will mention … it was the T-Touch method, I think it's called the Tellington T-Touch," Rodgers said. "First of all, thank you for reaching out. Really appreciate it. I did watch the video, and it's a technique that's used on dogs and horses as a human-to-animal connection."

The Tellington T-Touch website says it "offers a gentle approach to the care and training of companion animals, horses, farm animals, exotics and wildlife. It is also an effective and empowering method that provides self-help for humans."

"The thing I maybe didn't quite get from the video is how it could work on me," Rodgers said. "But again I'll say I appreciate the concern there. It seems to be something that's really beneficial for the human-to-pet interaction."

For now, however, Rodgers will stick with the Packers' medical and training staff.

"I can promise you that we're doing everything we can to use all the knowledge that they have and outside knowledge to get me back on the field," Rodgers said. "I did mention after the game how I've been doing some acupuncture, which has helped, and always have had a great massage routine during the week."