Aaron Rodgers has the Green Bay Packers off to a stellar 7-1 start in 2021. That momentum will come to a temporary halt as Rodgers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday. He will be out for Sunday’s game with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The news was tweeted by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. It was also noted that Packers practice squad QB Kurt Benkert also tested positive for the virus. That leaves backup Jordan Love as the only quarterback remaining on Green Bay’s roster.
“Sources: #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and is out for Sunday’s game against the #Chiefs. Rodgers informed teammates a few minutes ago of his positive test. Jordan Love will get his first NFL start against Patrick Mahomes on Sunday in Kansas City. #Packers practice squad QB Kurt Benkert tested positive earlier this week. Now reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is positive, too. The only healthy QB on the roster is Jordan Love, who is in the building today and set to start against the #Chiefs.”
Love will get the starting nod for the Packers, but it is unknown at this time if they plan to bring in another QB or will use an existing team member as an emergency backup. Rodgers will miss his first start since 2017 for the Pack. He’s tallied 16 passing touchdowns versus 6 interceptions on the season so far.
Last week, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard both sat out due to positive COVID tests. The NFL is not the only form of entertainment being affected by the pandemic. Recently, Jason Momoa had to quarantine when he caught the bug.
Ian Rappaport reported that the reason he’s been ruled out is that Rodgers is unvaccinated. Kyrie Irving has essentially been blackballed from the NBA for his refusal to receive the shot. All the available COVID-19 vaccines are known to dramatically decrease the chances of hospitalization in those who come down with the virus.
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