Aaron Rodgers tested positive for the coronavirus and social media has ben enthralled with this information after it was soon reported that he was unvaccinated.
Back in August, when asked if he had been vaccinated, Rodgers told reporters, “Yeah, I’ve been immunized.”
“You know, there’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements,” Rodgers said at the time. “There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys. There are guys that’ve been vaccinated that have contracted COVID. It’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.”
He later added: “I think I like to learn about everything that I’m doing, and there was a lot of research that even went into that. But like I said, there’s been people that have tested positive, and I think it’s only vaccinated people here. It’s going to be interesting to see how things work moving forward. Obviously there could be some issues with vaccinated people only testing every couple weeks and then non-vaccinated testing every day.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Rodgers is not vaccinated against the virus. Rapaport’s “understanding” is Rodgers has been following the NFL’s protocols for unvaccinated players.
As it turns out, he was referring to something else that he had taken in the place of getting the shot. During the offseason, Aaron Rodgers petitioned the NFL to have an alternative treatment against COVID-19 allow him to be considered vaccinated against the virus. After a lengthy back and forth, the league ruled that Rodgers would not get the same consideration and would be considered unvaccinated.
Under league protocol, if Rodgers tests positive and is unvaccinated, he must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and cannot return until Nov. 13 at the earliest, if he remains asymptomatic.
Jordan Love is in line to make his first career start against Kansas City in Rodgers’ absence. The Packers are riding a seven-game winning streak and are tied with the Rams and Cardinals for the best record in the NFC.
Many questions will be asked of Rodgers on what this alternate treatment was that he took in place of getting a shot.
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