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Aaron Rodgers Expected To Play Sunday For Green Bay Packers

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at November 13, 2021

Topline

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to return to the field on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN reported, after he tested positive for Covid-19 over a week ago and made controversial comments filled with misinformation on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines.

Key Facts

Rodgers completed the required 10-day quarantine for players who test positive for Covid-19, and sources told ESPN he has been asymptomatic and has met the return-to-play protocols set by the NFL/NFLPA.

Rodgers was reported to be back at Lambeau Field on Saturday, according to USA Today.

Packers Coach Matt LaFleur hinted at Rodgers’ return on Friday, saying Rodgers has attended all meetings with the team virtually and the team was “confident” if he gets approved to play, “he can go out there and play at a high level.”

Key Background

On November 3, it was reported that Rodgers tested positive for Covid-19 and would not participate in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was also revealed that Rodgers was not vaccinated, despite previous comments he made saying he was ‘immunized.” Rodgers elaborated on his vaccination status a few days later on the PatMcAfee Show, claiming he was allergic to the mRNA Covid-19 vaccines and did not get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to worries over its side effects. He also claimed that he was concerned the vaccines could cause “sterility” issues, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has refuted, and said he was taking ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved to treat Covid-19. Rodgers later apologized, saying “anybody who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility.” He said he is “an athlete, not an activist” and would keep comments on his health between him and his doctors.

Big Number

$300,000. That is how much the Green Bay Packers were fined last week for not following the NFL’s Covid-19 guidelines. Rodgers and teammate Allen Lazard were each fined $14,650 for attending a team Halloween party and forgoing wearing masks inside the Green Bay Packers’ team facilities, which unvaccinated players are not allowed to.

What To Watch Out For

Rodgers’ performance when he returns. His teammate Davante Adams returned to play last week after battling Covid-19, according to ESPN, and said he felt “more taxed in the game than I usually would be.” Rodgers has said he has been working out at home, trying to keep in shape.

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