Update: ESPN staff writer Rob Demovsky reported that “Rodgers petitioned the NFL to have an alternate treatment that he underwent before he returned to the Packers that would allow him to be considered the same as someone who received one of the approved vaccinations.” The league did not approve his request for this exemption. Of concern now is whether or not Rodgers and the Packers have followed COVID-19 protocols throughout the season.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list on Wednesday after testing positive, officially ruling him out of the team’s Week 9 matchup against the Chiefs.
Packers beat writer Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Aaron Rodgers confirmed he had received the COVID-19 vaccine back in August.
Here’s the video on August 26th when Aaron Rodgers was directly asked if he had been vaccinated pic.twitter.com/kskQDRpWi8— Chancellor Johnson (@ChancellorTV) November 3, 2021
However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday that Rodgers, in fact, had not received the COVID vaccine.
If a player is vaccinated, the only way to be placed on the COVID list is by testing positive. That player could still have had a shot to play in that given week, however, as long as he has two negative COVID tests with at least 24 hours between the first and second negative test.
If a player has not received the COVID-19 vaccine and is confirmed to have tested positive, they are required to quarantine for at least a 10-day period. The fact that Rodgers was ruled out immediately after testing positive would indicate (though it doesn’t confirm) that he is not vaccinated.