KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19, reports say, and will not play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Wednesday that Rodgers was in the NFL’s COVID protocol, but would not say if Rodgers had tested positive.
The anticipated matchup between Rodgers and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be put on hold once again after Mahomes missed the first matchup due to injury.
The Chiefs sit at 4-4 after a Monday night victory over the New York Giants, and the Packers are 7-1 after a narrow victory gave the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season.
According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo from NFL Network, Rodgers is unvaccinated and NFL COVID-19 protocols state:
If an unvaccinated person tests positive, the protocols from 2020 will remain in effect. The person will be isolated for a period of 10 days and will then be permitted to return to duty if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be subject to a five-day quarantine period if they have close contact with an infected individual.NFL COVID-19 Protocols
Rookie quarterback Jordan Love will be the probable starter.
In other COVID-19 news around the league, NFL Network’s Kim Jones reported that 13 people within the New York Giants organization have tested positive just days after playing the Chiefs.
According to Jordan Raanan from ESPN, all of them were re-tested and only running backs coach Burton Burns received a positive test result, but they will all be required to re-test again.
More positive tests on Tuesday will also require re-tests.
The Giants played against the Chiefs on Monday in which Kansas City got a come-from-behind 20-17 victory inside a rainy Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs seem to be missing their usual high-octane rhythm by oh-so-much.
“You only have a few deep shots. You have to make sure you execute them,” Mahomes said afterward. “Defenses have had safeties 25 yards deep on us. Whenever you get those opportunities, you have to execute on them.”
That’s not where the problems with execution end.
The Chiefs also committed 12 penalties for 103 yards, committed two more turnovers to run their total to 19 — more than any other season under Andy Reid — and needed two fourth-quarter field goals from Harrison Butker just to survive.
“I say it all the time. If we have guys open, if I throw and hit the right spot, we can move it against just about any coverage,” Mahomes said.
“We have answers for everything. But there are times we stall out or don’t execute or I throw the ball and don’t hit the right spot, or penalties — I know week after week it’s been showing up, but I’m sure we’ll find a way to snap out of it. And when we do, we’ll be a tough offense to stop.”
Now would be a good time. The Chiefs are still facing an uphill climb in the AFC West and have the Green Bay Packers coming to town Sunday for what some thought could be a Super Bowl preview before the season began.
The Packers have lived up to their end of the bargain. The Chiefs are still trying to do the same.
“They don’t just give these away. That other team is coming after you,” Reid said, “and you’re going to get your best shot.”