Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is reportedly ‘furious’ that it was leaked that he was unvaccinated after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Rodgers said he was ‘immunized’ in August and repeatedly did not wear a mask in settings in which they would be appropriate, according to NBC.
It later emerged that Rodgers had received a homeopathic treatment from his personal doctor and sought an exemption on this grounds to the NFL’s vaccination rules which was rejected, according to the NFL Network.
Rodgers will miss the Packers game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and will not be allowed to rejoin teammates until at least November 13. Unvaccinated players who test positive for COVID-19 must be away from the team for at least 10 days, and must be asymptomatic before their return.
The Packers host the Seattle Seahawks a day later on November 14.
Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Wednesday that Rodgers was being dealt with under the NFL COVID-19 protocols, but would not say if he had tested positive nor if the reigning NFL MVP has been vaccinated.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network later reported that Rodgers is unvaccinated.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday as it is revealed he is unvaccinated
The Packers were already without receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard due to league coronavirus protocols. Adams tested positive for COVID-19, while the unvaccinated Lazard was found to be a close contact, necessitating that he be away from the team for five days, per league rules.
Adams has not yet been cleared to return.
Practice squad quarterback Kurt Benkert and defensive coordinator Joe Barry are also away from the team due to COVID-19 protocols.
Second-year quarterback Jordan Love, 23, is now in line to make his first NFL start.
Rodgers chose his words carefully when speaking about the vaccine at training camp back in August. Instead of saying he was ‘vaccinated,’ Rodgers said he was ‘immunized,’ which some presumed to mean that he had received the injection.
Packers receiver Davante Adams previously tested positive for COVID-19 and has still not been cleared to return to football activities
However, Rodgers may have meant that he had COVID-19 antibodies from a previous infection.
‘You know, there’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements,’ Rodgers said when asked about the vaccine in August. ‘There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys. There are guys that’ve been vaccinated that have contracted COVID. It’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.’
NFL players are only encouraged to get the vaccine, while all Tier 1 and 2 personnel, which includes coaches, are required to get the injection.
The protocols for unvaccinated players remain largely the same as they were for everyone during the 2020 season. The difference now, since the release of several vaccines, is that players who have gotten the injections are free from certain testing, distancing, and mask protocols.
Unvaccinated players, however, need to distance, wear masks, and get daily tests.
‘It’s going to be interesting to see how things work moving forward,’ Rodgers said in August. ‘Obviously there could be some issues with vaccinated people only testing every couple weeks and then non-vaccinated testing every day.’
The Packers (7-1) are on a seven-game winning streak and are tied with the Rams and Cardinals for the best record in the NFL.
The protocols for unvaccinated players remain largely the same as they were for everyone during the 2020 season. The difference now, since the release of several vaccines, is that players who have gotten the injections are free from certain testing, distancing, and mask protocols. Unvaccinated players, however, need to distance, wear masks, and get daily tests