Report: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19, out vs. Chiefs
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WMTV) - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Packers’ head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed the news, which broke shortly before a Wednesday news conference.
The reigning-MVP’s status leaves Jordan Love as the team’s only current quarterback and he is slated to start this weekend, LaFleur indicated, adding that wide receiver Randall Cobb could also be an option, if necessary. The team’s other backup quarterback, Kurt Benkert, revealed earlier in the week that he had also tested positive for the virus.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Blake Bortles is en route to Green Bay and is expected to sign a deal to join the team’s 53-man roster in time for the Chiefs’ game.
During the news conference, LaFleur refused to discuss Rodgers vaccination status. Not long after, Tom Pelissero reported Rodgers had tested positive, fellow NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted the NFL does not consider Rodgers “vaccinated,” adding that Mike Garafalo had confirmed it as well.
Rodgers was asked earlier this year if he was vaccinated. He replied by saying he is “immunized” against COVID-19, telling NBC15 News’ sister-station WBAY, in Green Bay, “yeah, I have been immunized… There are guys on the team who haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys.”
Rapoport followed his tweet about Rodgers’ vaccination status a few hours later with an explanation that Rodgers “received homeopathic treatment from his personal doctor.” According to Rapoport, it was designed to raise the quarterback’s antibody levels. He has reportedly asked for approval for the treatment to be considered a vaccination but was rejected by both the NFL and the players’ union.
Because of his unvaccinated status, Rodgers’ diagnosis means he will not be eligible to play for 10 days. That would mean he would not be able to return to the team until Nov. 13, just a day before the Packers face the Seattle Seahawks.
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