On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers will miss the game against the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19, WOTHAPPEN has learned.
According to individuals who spoke to ESPN and NFL Network, Rodgers has been deemed unvaccinated since the start of this season, as first reported by NFL Network.
A reserve/COVID-19 list was issued for Rodgers and Isaac Yiadom on Wednesday, and the NFL stated it would investigate how the Packers had handled the league’s COVID-19 rules.
If Rodgers tests positive and is unvaccinated, he must be quarantined for a least of 10 days and cannot return until Nov. 13 at the earliest, if he continues to be asymptomatic, according to league regulations.
He took an alternative treatment before to training camp and then petitioned the NFL for that treatment to be deemed the same as someone who had had one of the permitted immunizations, sources told ESPN.” NFL, players’ union and an infectious disease consultant certified by both sides decided that Rodgers would not be given the same consideration as other unvaccinated players after a protracted back-and-forth between the three parties.
Sources say that Rodgers adheres to a strict set of protocols when he interacts with teammates and coaches at Lambeau Field. However, at his weekly and post-game press conferences, Rodgers does not wear a mask. Other unvaccinated players have been put on Zoom instead of in-person media appearances by the Packers.
The NFL said on Wednesday that it was aware of the present situation in Green Bay and would be reviewing it with the Packers.
A statement from NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy stated that “the primary duty for enforcing COVID protocols within club facilities rests with each team.” Individual clubs have been disciplined in the past because of a lack of appropriate enforcement of the protocols.
When asked about his vaccination status in August, reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers stated that he was “immunized.”
Rogers remarked at the time that “there’s a lot of talk going on around the league and a lot of individuals who have said and not said things, owners who have said things.” This team has a few unvaccinated players.” It’s a matter of taste, in my opinion. There is nothing I can do about that. Some men who were vaccinated have been infected with COVID. This is a fascinating subject that I think we’ll see play out over the season,” he continues.
“I suppose I prefer to learn about everything that I’m doing, and there was a lot of study that even went into it,” he added afterwards. However, as I previously stated, there have been persons who have tested positive, and I believe that only those who have been vaccinated are at risk. It’s going to be intriguing to see what happens in the future. Vaccinated people only testing every couple of weeks and non-vaccinated persons testing every day clearly have some concerns.”
On Wednesday, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur refused to speak on the vaccination status of any of his players or coaches. That word, “immunized,” may have been deceptive, he was questioned.
Asked by LaFleur: “That’s a terrific question for Aaron.” What I have to say about it is irrelevant to me.
Only briefly spoke to Rodgers on Wednesday, according to LaFleur, who was unaware of any symptoms.
In the absence of Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love is expected to start for the first time in his career against Kansas City.
His teammate and quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, prayed for a fast recovery for the Packers’ Rodgers.
On Sunday, Mahomes claimed it was “disappointing” that he wouldn’t face Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Since I first saw him play, I’ve been following him closely. I think I play in a similar way. Competing against the greatest is what you crave. Please pray for his health and well-being. He will recover from this stronger than ever before,” I believe.”
A source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that veteran quarterback Blake Bortles will arrive in Green Bay on Wednesday and be available for the 53-man roster on Sunday.
This summer, the Packers had Bortles on their roster, but he was dropped when Aaron Rodgers arrived at training camp.
A seven-game winning streak has put the Packers (7-1) in a three-way tie for the NFC lead with the Rams and Cardinals.
Second star player to test positive in a week for the Packers: Aaron Rodgers Last Thursday’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals was marred by the absence of receiver Davante Adams, who tested positive for a banned substance. LaFleur is optimistic that Adams will be back by Thursday.
Allen Lazard, a receiver, was also suspended for last week’s game because of a close contact with Adams. It was eventually confirmed that Kurt Benkert, a practice squad quarterback, had COVID-19 and was placed on the injured list. COVID-19 procedures meant that defensive coordinator Joe Barry remained absent from the team on Monday as well.
However, LaFleur said the Packers are not currently in the league’s intensive protocols, although they have been adhering to many of the masking and distancing rules. Despite the positive test for Rodgers
Additionally, LaFleur stated that all of the team’s protocols had been followed during the season.
According to LaFleur, “I monitor what these people are doing. In terms of our football arena, I can only speak to that. Definitely. All around us, there are cameras. I think our employees are doing an excellent job. And it’s a pity, too. Anyone could be the victim of a similar incident. Outside of this building, it’s happened to a lot of people.”
There were no questions raised about Aaron Jones or Aaron Rodgers’ leadership when it came to the team’s choice to give the vaccine to Jones’ father, who died of complications from COVID-19 on April 6.
The decision not to be vaccinated is not a selfish one, Jones said. If you look at the league, there are a lot of players that aren’t immunized.” And I don’t think it’s true to imply that they aren’t committed to their team. As you correctly pointed out, he serves as our commander in chief. Just like everyone else in this locker room, he’s fully dedicated to this club.”
In the offseason, Rodgers stayed away from all team activities, allowing Love to take all of the starting quarterback snaps.
I’m sure we’ll find out, after all. When asked if Love was ready to begin, LaFleur said. “As far as I can tell, he’s been working hard every day, and I believe [quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator] Luke Getsy does an excellent job of preparing him. However, even though he’s gotten the majority of his practice reps on the scout team, one of our goals when running scout teams in practice is to adapt whatever is on the card or the play they’re running to fit our needs as a team. He takes every rep very seriously, that much I am certain.”