Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and was banned for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, according to several reports.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported that Rodgers, who is not vaccinated, tested positive on Wednesday. NFL-NFLPA guidelines for positive COVID-19 testing mandate a minimum 10-day absence for unvaccinated players. The first time Rodgers can return to the Packers is November 13th.
Rodgers informed his teammates a few minutes ago of his positivity on the test. Jordan Love will play his first NFL game against Patrick Mahomes on Sunday in Kansas City. https://t.co/VFPucQaT4S
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 3, 2021
With Rodgers out, the Packers will move on to picking the first round of 2020 Jordan Love, who will make his first NFL departure.
Is Aaron Rodgers playing against the Chiefs?
Rodgers, as an unvaccinated player, will not be able to play Sunday against the Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
According to the NFL’s COVID-19 guidelines for unvaccinated players:
If an unvaccinated person tests positive, the protocols from 2020 will remain in force. The person will be isolated for a period of 10 days and can then return to service if asymptomatic.
Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be subject to a five-day quarantine period if they have close contact with an infected individual.
A vaccinated player who tests positive for a breakthrough COVID-19 case could return after two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
The first time Rodgers can return to the Packers is Saturday, November 13th. The Packers will play against the Seahawks on November 14 in week 10.
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Is Aaron Rodgers vaccinated?
During the offseason, Rodgers told reporters that he had been “vaccinated” against the coronavirus, adding that it is a personal choice whether or not you decide to get the vaccine.
“Yes, I was immunized” Rodgers said during the preseason. “There are a lot of conversations around this, throughout the championship, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements. There are guys on the team who haven’t been vaccinated. I think it is a personal decision. I won’t judge those guys. “
However, multiple reports from Wednesday contradicted Rodgers’ public statements on Aug.28.
The “immunized” comment was an interesting response and the question was phrased a little vaguely: the reporter asked Rodgers what his position is on vaccination and if he has been vaccinated, but not specifically on the coronavirus vaccine.
But Rodgers’ vaccination status was apparently confirmed with Sunday’s QB, and also by NFL Network reporters Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.
In any case, the Packers will not see Rodgers in the center on Sunday.