Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play Sunday against Kansas City after testing positive for COVID-19, the team said Wednesday. The news was first reported by the NFL Network, who also noted that Rodgers is unvaccinated.
Under the NFL’s protocols, Rodgers must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days, and can’t return to the Packers until Nov. 13 if he remains asymptomatic.
This past August, the 2020 MVP Rodgers, 37, said he was “immunized” when asked about his vaccination status by reporters.
“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 then. “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.”
Rob Demovsky of ESPN reported that Rodgers had an “alternate treatment” before training camp and petitioned the NFL to allow that treatment to allow him to be considered as someone who is vaccinated. The NFL eventually ruled against Rodgers.
According to NFL Network, Rodgers received homeopathic treatment from his personal doctor to raise his antibody levels and asked the NFL to review his status.
Rodgers’ unvaccinated status raises many questions about the Packers following NFL COVID protocols. Players that are unvaccinated fly separately than vaccinated players and have different protocols at team facilities. Rodgers has been seen boarding the team plane and has done all of his weekly press conferences this season unmasked in front of reporters. The Packers have put other unvaccinated players on Zoom instead of at the podium. The team could face discipline from the league.
The Packers have had star players miss games the last two weeks. Star wide receiver Davante Adams missed last week because of a positive test.
The Packers are currently on a seven-game winning streak and sit near the top of the league at 7-1.
Jordan Love is slated to make his first career NFL start in Rodgers’ absence.