Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for Covid-19 after not being vaccinated and will miss the NFL showdown on Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to several reports on Wednesday.
NFL Network and ESPN have reported that Rodgers will be sidelined for what would have been his first NFL clash against Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the contest in Kansas City.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur would only confirm Rodgers had been placed on the Covid-19 injured list and would not play on Sunday.
“All I can say is that it’s in the Covid-19 protocols,” LaFleur said. “We are not allowed to say who tests positive or whatever.”
Asked about Rodgers’ vaccination status, LaFleur said, “I am not going to go into vaccination status for our coaches or players.”
Rodgers, the NFL’s MVP last year, said in August he had been “immune” and left the impression that he had been vaccinated.
But NFL Network and ESPN both reported that the 37-year-old caller had not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
When asked if Rodgers’ word “immune” was misleading, LaFleur replied, “That’s a great question for Aaron. I’m not going to comment on it.”
ESPN reported Rodgers had “alternative treatment” for Covid-19 and asked the NFL to be considered vaccinated, but the league refused.
According to NFL Covid-19 protocol, Rodgers must spend at least 10 days away from the team, thus missing the Chiefs game and cannot join the Packers until November 13, the day before the Green Bay game against Seattle, which makes it questionable for this competition.
“We’ll get to next week when we get there,” said LaFleur.
Rodgers would be away longer if he didn’t stay aysmptomatic.
This season, Rodgers completed 67% of his passes for 1,894 yards and 17 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Rodgers reportedly followed the rules of NFL protocol for unvaccinated players all season, including daily testing and masking while being in close contact with players and coaches inside the team’s facilities. Packers.
Rodgers did not wear masks during media interview sessions at the team’s facilities. USA Today reported that there was a video of a Rodgers being unmasked with his teammates at a Halloween party on social media.
Violation of NFL Covid-19 protocols could result in a four-game suspension.
– Love has a chance –
Jordan Love, selected by the Packers in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft, is set to make his first league start against the Chiefs in place of Rodgers. Love has completed 5 of 7 passes this season for 68 yards.
“Hey, that’s a big challenge,” said LaFleur. “No one is going to feel sorry for us. We all have to prepare to the best of our ability to go out there and win.”
The Packers, on a six-game winning streak, share the NFL’s best record at 7-1 with the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.
Also missing in Green Bay against the Chiefs (4-4) is training team quarterback Kurt Benkert, who also tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.
LaFleur said he would need to sign another quarterback as a replacement.
When asked if he was concerned about Love’s Covid-19 status following two other callers who contracted the virus, LaFleur said, “We’re all concerned, everyone in this building. is something we have to deal with. “