Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple news media reports.
The Packers will instead start Jordan Love, the 2020 first-round pick who has only seven pass attempts in mop-up duty in his career to date.
Rodgers becomes the latest Packers standout to miss a game due to COVID-19 protocols. All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams sat out Thursday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals after testing positive, as did fellow wide receiver Allen Lazard – who was ruled a close contact – and defensive coordinator Joe Barry – who also tested positive.
When asked in August whether he had been vaccinated, Rodgers said he had been “immunized.” His vaccine status as of Wednesday, however, was unclear.
“There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated,” Rodgers said in August. “I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys.”
Rodgers typically speaks with the media on Wednesday but was removed from the team’s scheduled availability.
Love is the only quarterback beyond Rodgers on the Packers’ active roster. Kurt Benkert was placed on the practice squad COVID-19 reserve list on Tuesday after testing positive.
Last November, Rodgers questioned the league’s COVID-19 protocols at the time, suggesting that they could be driven more by optics than health.
“You can go down to practice and hit each other and be in close contact, but you have to have plexiglass in between you and the guy next to you in the locker room,” Rodgers said in an interview with former Colts punter Pat Mc. “You can dap up a guy after the game, but you can’t eat at the same lunch table as a teammate?”
Sunday’s game was expected to be the highly anticipated first meeting between Rodgers and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but the two now will not square off against one another.
The Packers are riding a seven-game win streak and are tied for the NFL’s best record at 7-1.
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