MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will reportedly miss the team’s next game after testing positive for COVID-19.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Rodgers informed teammates of his positive test Wednesday morning.
Rodgers informed teammates a few minutes ago of his positive test. Jordan Love will get his first NFL start against Patrick Mahomes on Sunday in Kansas City. https://t.co/VFPucQaT4S
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 3, 2021
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Rodgers is unvaccinated, though the quarterback told reporters in the offseason he was immunized against COVID-19.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 3, 2021
In an additional twist, ESPN is reporting that Rodgers petitioned the NFL to have an “alternate treatment” he underwent count as being fully vaccinated, but the league ruled against it and considered him unvaccinated.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was asked at a press conference Wednesday if he felt Rodgers’ comments about immunization could be considered misleading.
“That’s a great question for Aaron,” he said. “I’m not gonna comment on it.”
LaFleur spent most of the press conference declining to comment on various aspects of the situation, but he did say the team has “absolutely” followed the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Backup quarterback Jordan Love will start against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. It will be his first start in the NFL.
“I think our guys will rally around Jordan,” LaFleur said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in him, and what a great opportunity for him to showcase what he can do.”
LaFleur said the team will “have to bring somebody back or into the building” to serve as Love’s backup.
The Packers lead the NFC North with a 7-1 record.