Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Packers’ game vs. Chiefs, per 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.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19, will not play in Week 9 vs. Chiefs
The NFL’s hottest team will be without its most important player Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and is out for Green Bay’s showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love will start in place of Rodgers.
Despite telling reporters in August he’d “been immunized,” Rodgers is not vaccinated against COVID-19, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. Rodgers must spend a minimum of 10 days away from the team according to the league’s COVID-19 protocol, ruling him out for the Packers’ Week 9 game against the Chiefs. The earliest Rodgers can rejoin the team is Nov. 13 — the day before their Week 10 matchup against the Seahawks.
Rapoport also reported that Rodgers has been following the NFL’s protocol for unvaccinated players while inside the team facility this season.
Love’s replacement of Rodgers should lower expectations for offensive production for the Packers, but that might not change the minds of those expecting Green Bay to win. Kansas City has found itself in an offensive rut for much of the season and needed a late field goal to beat the now 2-6 Giants at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night. A much stronger Packers team should present a greater challenge to the Chiefs, even if Rodgers isn’t involved.
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out for Sunday’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19.
Week 9 will represent the second consecutive week that the Packers are without one of their superstars due to a positive COVID-19 result, after wide receiver Davante Adams was unavailable during Green Bay’s Week 8 victory over Arizona.
With Rodgers out, Jordan Love, the Packers’ first-round pick from the 2020 NFL Draft, will make his first-ever NFL start.
Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).
(born December 2, 1983)
Rodgers began his college football career at Butte College in 2002 before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley to play for the California Golden Bears, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates.
He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers.