Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers watches from the sidelines during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19, and will miss this Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
In August, Rodgers had said that he was “immunized” when asked directly if he had been vaccinated.
According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport on Wednesday, Rodgers remains unvaccinated.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the team’s upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said on Wednesday that Rodgers was not vaccinated. In August the star quarterback dodged a question about vaccines by saying he was “immunized.”
“I’ve been immunized,” he told reporters in August in response to being asked if he was vaccinated. “There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision, I’m not gonna judge those guys.”
Despite Rodgers’ cagey answer when asked directly about his vaccination status, his presence unmasked at indoor media press conference implies that the Packers were treating him as a vaccinated player. According to NFL protocols, unvaccinated players must wear masks at all times while indoors at team facilities.
If Rodgers was carrying himself as a vaccinated player while not actually having been vaccinated, he could be subject to league discipline.
According to a report from Defector’s Kalyn Kahler in September, the NFL “instructed each club to check players’ [vaccine] cards, but left the details up to each individual team to handle.”
If Rodgers is not vaccinated, NFL protocols dictate that he will not be able to rejoin the team until Saturday, November 13.
That means the Packers will be without him for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and without him at practice during the entire lead-up to the team’s Week 10 matchup against the Seahawks.
Packers practice squad quarterback tweeted out on Tuesday night that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The only remaining quarterback on the Packers roster is second-year QB Jordan Love, who now looks set to make the first start of his NFL career against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
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