Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers # 12 looks on from the sidelines during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21.
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Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss the team’s next game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the Packers said after news reports on Wednesday that he had tested positive for Covid.
Head coach Matt LaFleur just said Rodgers is on the NFL’s Covid-19 protocol program.
“It won’t be available this week,” said LaFleur, without revealing the results of a QB test.
Rodgers, 37, said this summer he had been “immunized” against Covid, which led to some news reports reporting that he was vaccinated against the virus.
“There are guys on the team who haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal choice, I’m not going to judge these guys,” Rodgers said at the time.
When asked if Rodgers actually received a coronavirus vaccine, LaFleur said, “I’m not going to get vaccinated status for our players or coaches.”
The trainer said he didn’t know if Rodgers had any symptoms.
When asked if Rodgers’ claim of being immunized against Covid could be viewed as misleading to the public, LaFleur said, “It’s a great question for Aaron, I’m not going to comment on it.”
Sources told NFL Media that Rodgers has not received any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
That immediately raised the question of whether Rodgers had violated the NFL Covid Protocol rules, which placed numerous restrictions on unvaccinated players. For example, players who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to attend meetings in person at team facilities and will not be allowed to travel on team charter flights.
Rodgers was also seen without a mask at Packers headquarters. Unvaccinated players are required to wear masks in most cases in such situations.
The NFL issued a statement later Wednesday saying it was “aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will look into the matter with the Packers.”
“Primary responsibility for enforcing Covid protocols within club facilities rests with each club,” the NFL said, according to the NFL Network. “Failure to properly enforce the protocols has in the past resulted in disciplines being judged against individual clubs.”
NFL Media reported that Rodgers had previously requested an exemption from the league’s Covid protocols and was denied them “based on his antibody levels that summer, which leave his unvaccinated status.”
“Rodgers received homeopathic treatment from his family doctor to raise his antibody levels and asked the NFL to review his status,” reported NFL.com.
“The league advised Rodgers of the … protocols that do not allow for such an exception for players. So Rodgers remained subject to a variety of restrictions, including daily testing, the wearing of masks, and a high-risk, close-contact protocol that” compels him to isolate himself for five days because of interacting with a positive person, even if he tested negative. “
The Packers have what is believed to be the best in the league, 7-1, and will play against the Chiefs on Sunday.
The training squad’s quarterback, Kurt Benkert, previously tested positive for the coronavirus, leaving the team with only one QB, Jordan Love, in their active line-up.
Love will begin against the Chiefs, LaFleur said.
Rodgers was named Most Valuable Player for the third time in his career in February by the Associated Press.
Rodgers is not allowed to return to the Packers until November 13th, the day before their game against the Seattle Seahawks.