Green Bay Packers # 12 defenseman Aaron Rogers watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21.
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Green Bay Packers superstar defender Aaron Rogers will miss the team’s next game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Packers said after reports Wednesday that he tested positive for Covid.
Head coach Matt Lafler said only that Rogers is participating in the NFL’s Covid-19 protocol program.
“It won’t be available this week,” Lafler said, without disclosing any QB test results.
Rogers, 37, said this summer that he was “vaccinated” against Covid, leading to some news reports that he was vaccinated against the virus.
“There are guys in the team who have not been vaccinated. I think this is a personal decision, I will not judge these guys, ”Rogers said at the time.
When asked if Rogers actually received the coronavirus vaccine, Lafler replied, “I’m not going to enter vaccination data for our players or coaches.”
The coach said he didn’t know if Rogers had any symptoms.
Asked if Rogers’ claim about immunization against Covid could be misleading to the public, Lafler said, “That’s a great question for Aaron, I’m not going to comment on it.”
Sources told NFL Media that Rogers did not receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
This immediately raised questions about whether Rogers violated the rules of the NFL Covid protocol, which impose numerous restrictions on unvaccinated players. For example, unvaccinated players are not allowed to personally participate in meetings at the team premises and are not allowed to travel on team charter flights.
Rogers was also seen unmasked at the Packers headquarters. In most cases, unvaccinated players must wear masks under these conditions.
The NFL later released a statement on Wednesday saying it was “aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will be looking into the matter with the Packers.”
“The primary responsibility for enforcing Covid protocols within clubs rests with each club,” the NFL said, according to the NFL Network. “Failure to properly enforce protocols in the past has resulted in discipline being judged against individual clubs.”
NFL Media reported that Rogers previously sought and was denied an exemption from participation in the league’s Covid protocols, “based on his antibody levels this summer, making him unvaccinated.”
“Rogers received homeopathic treatment from his personal physician to raise antibody levels and asked the NFL to review his status,” he said. It is reported by NFL.com.
“The league has pointed out to Rogers … protocols that do not allow for such a player exemption. Thus, Rogers remained subject to various restrictions, including daily testing, wearing masks, and a high-risk close contact protocol that forced him to isolate him for five days based on communicating with a positive person, even if his test is negative. ”
The Packers have a 7-1 record making the best in the league since Sunday’s game with the Chiefs.
Training team quarterback Kurt Benkert has previously tested positive for coronavirus. leaving the team with only one QB, Jordan Love in their active composition.
“Love will start against the leaders,” Lafleur said.
In February, Rogers won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award for the third time in his career.
Rogers will not be allowed to return to the Packers until November 13, the day before their game against Seattle Seahawks.