After announcing in August that he was “immune,” Rodgers went on to say on Friday that he was “in the crosshairs of the wide-awake crowd right now” about his vaccination status and that the media was in. “witch hunt” to find out which players have been vaccinated.
In his absence, second-year quarterback Jordan Love will face the Chiefs.
“What a shock, what a surprise that it was the guy we thought was so smart and cultured and it turns out he doesn’t even have the guts or the guts to say he wasn’t vaccinated, probably because that he was afraid of this “awakened crowd”.
Rodgers said he did not get the vaccine because he was allergic to an ingredient in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and was afraid of possible side effects from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In an interview with CNN, NFL insider Ian Rapoport said Rodgers was following NFL Covid-19 guidelines for unvaccinated players who require daily testing even on holidays and wearing protective masks inside.
However, Rapoport says the NFL will investigate the rigor with which the protocols were implemented, as Rodgers was seen not wearing a mask during some indoor press conferences with reporters at Lambeau Field. Unvaccinated players are required to wear masks on their club premises and when traveling.
“He was, in his words, been ‘immune’, that is, he sought a holistic or homeopathic treatment – a very expensive treatment – to try and increase his antibody levels, and then went on. to the NFL and the NFLPA (Players Association) and their spouses to get what is essentially an exemption, âRapoport said.
“He tried to get them to say, ‘OK, because of where your antibody levels are, you’re allowed to say you’re vaccinated. “The NFL, NFLPA, and Joint Doctors did not allow this, so he was officially declared unvaccinated. He was not vaccinated against Covid-19.”
NFL Covid-19 protocols state that vaccinated players who test positive and remain asymptomatic are eligible to return after testing negative twice in 24 hours. Unvaccinated players must be quarantined for 10 days and then test negative to return.
What fines could Rodgers incur?
The NFL has said it is reviewing the situation. A league spokesperson told CNN in a statement: âThe primary responsibility for enforcing the Covid protocols at club facilities rests with each club.
“Failure to properly apply protocols has resulted in a discipline assessment against individual clubs in the past. The league is aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will review with the Packers.”
The fines that an unvaccinated player can incur for violating Covid-19 protocols can be high.
Gatherings away from team premises or travel by teams in groups of more than three players may result in a fine of $ 14,650.
Engaging in face-to-face meetings, practices and training activities away from team facilities with other players or staff is also subject to a fine of $ 14,650.
Attend an indoor nightclub, indoor bar – both bar and nightclub must have more than 10 people – home gathering of more than 15 people, indoor concert or other sporting event – unless the player is seated in a separate seat section, such as an owner’s suite or box, wearing PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in this separate seating section – all without wearing any personal equipment. protection or masks, are punishable by a fine of $ 14,650.
Refusal to submit to test results with a $ 50,000 fine, while repeat offenders of any protocol will be subject to “increased discipline,” says the NFL.
Brennan added: “(Rodgers) could be fined by the National Football League, but it’s a slap on the wrist. He could also be suspended. Chances are it’s more of the Packers. that get reviewed and get some sort of a fine. I guess it will be a fine. ”
What future for the Packers?
With Rodgers in Covid-19 protocols and unable to play in Sunday’s clash against the Chiefs, the responsibility falls on Love to manage the team’s offense.
Replacing the reigning NFL MVP is no small feat. But doing it on your first regular season debut in the NFL is even more difficult.
Love, who will start his first career regular season at a noisy Arrowhead stadium in Kansas City, has only played briefly since his first-round draft last year.
He did not feature in the 2020 season, but played in the fourth quarter of the Packers’ resounding Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
With a season under her belt and time spent on the training grounds, Love has earned the respect of veterans in her locker room.
“You could see him become comfortable and more confident every day and really understand the offense.”
And Love will have a lot to do on his shoulders Sunday, as the Packers look to win their eighth consecutive game to stay atop the NFC rankings.
But it will be a baptism of fire for the 23-year-old: taking on QB superstar Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs as they look to win their second straight game in hopes of resurrecting their season.