Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, a diagnosis that will prevent the Packers quarterback from playing Sunday when Green Bay travels to face the Chiefs.
It will also keep you out of service for a minimum of 10 days, until at least November 13, per NFL COVID protocols. That’s because, despite preseason comments suggesting otherwise, Rodgers is not vaccinated, according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.
A player with a significant case of COVID-19, that is, a vaccinated player contracting the disease, could play again after two separate negative tests taken 24 hours apart.
The issue of vaccination status was, and continues to be, a subject of intense debate in the NFL. Various high profile gamers like Dak prescott, Kirk’s Cousins, Lamar jackson and many more not only refused to share their status, but also flatly said that they would not receive the vaccine as a result of their own investigation.
Rodgers himself was asked about his vaccination status before the season began, on August 26. It was calculated with his answer, saying that he respected that it was a “personal decision” if someone would receive the vaccine. However, he seemed to indicate that he had received the vaccine himself when he said he was “immunized.”
“Yes, I have been vaccinated,” Rodgers said at the time. “There’s a lot of talk around that, in the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not 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’m not going to judge those guys. “
It’s worth noting that Rodgers, who was asked directly if he was vaccinated, did not specifically say that he was vaccinated against COVID-19. He also did not use the word “vaccinated” in his answer, but instead said “immunized.” It is unclear if Rodgers tried to mislead with his answer or if he believed he was immunized against the coronavirus as a result of some drug that was not a vaccine.
By NFL.comRodgers received homeopathic treatment from his personal physician in the offseason in an attempt to raise his antibody levels. He used that as the basis for requesting exemption from the league’s COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players, although the NFLPA, the league and an infectious disease expert agreed that they do not provide documentable protection against the coronavirus.
What’s certain is that Rodgers will miss at least one game, and potentially the Seahawks’ visit to Week 10, as a result of his COVID-19 diagnosis. This, a week after receivers Davanta Adams and Allen Lazard were placed on the COVID-19 list as well.
The Packers (7-1) are in a good position, in record terms, to potentially endure his two-week absence. But if Green Bay loses one or more games without him due to illness, Rodgers’ preseason comments will only get louder.