Decision not to test unvaccinated players affects roughly 12 players for now, Aaron Rodgers eventually

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The league had a major potential problem on its hands, under the prior COVID-19 protocol that required daily testing of unvaccinated players. The league has solved that problem, in one simple memo.

With unvaccinated Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers due to see his 90-day testing holiday expire two days after the NFC Championship, he would have been subject to daily testing from Tuesday, February 1 through Sunday, February 13. With current COVID protocols resulting in a minimum absence of five days for unvaccinated players who test positive, a positive result for Rodgers at any point from Wednesday, February 9 through Sunday, February 13 would have resulted in Rodgers missing the Super Bowl, no exceptions and no questions asked.

Rather than making what would have been an obvious change to the rules after the Packers qualify for the Super Bowl (if they do) or deliberately ignoring a positive test for Rodgers (which the league would have ben tempted to do), the NFL cleaned up any potential mess in advance, by eliminating the requirement for daily testing of unvaccinated players.

Per a league source, this encompasses roughly a dozen players who are unvaccinated and not within the 90-day testing holiday. But it also applies directly to Rodgers, who remains in the final days of his testing holiday and who could have been lost for the Super Bowl if tested daily.

He still could be, if he develops COVID symptoms in the days preceding the Super Bowl. The chances of him confessing to symptoms or the Green Bay doctors blowing the whistle on any such symptoms are less than slim to none. Once the postseason began, most players quit disclosing symptoms, and/or most teams stopped looking.

At this point, the NFL won’t be allowing COVID to derail the playoffs or to undermine the Super Bowl. A protocol that potential would have replaced Aaron Rodgers with Jordan Love definitely would have undermined the Super Bowl.

The change in protocol also addresses the concerns that could have prompted Rodgers to potentially threaten to boycott the Super Bowl, a possibility that he tried a little too hard to characterize as implausible. He won’t be tested on a daily basis when his 90-day holiday ends; that’s what he would have wanted, if he’d threatened to not lay.

By next season, chances are that no players will be tested at all, and that the pandemic will be regarded as endemic to the population. Already, the vast majority of Americans are behaving that way, regardless of whether they should.

31 responses to “Decision not to test unvaccinated players affects roughly 12 players for now, Aaron Rodgers eventually

  1. “Already, the vast majority of Americans are behaving that way, regardless of whether they should.”

    Of course we should…we were always gonna have to live with it…what, did you think it would one day disappear…? Whatever gave you that idea…

  2. They’re clearly doing this to benefit Rodgers and protect the bottom line. But then again, would it be fair to hold Rodgers out of the Superbowl if he was asymptomatic but a routine test showed positive?

  3. So basically Aaron’s whining and crying got him exactly what he wanted.

    Yet he still has the audacity to claim he’s being “cancelled” in today’s ESPN interview.

    Why is it always blowhards with huge platforms whining about being “cancelled”?

  4. The assumption that the Packers are going to the Super Bowl is a tremendous compliment, and helps illustrate how poor an opponent the Niners are.

  5. Is the NFL more corrupt than we even know? I seriously doubt they ever cared about the players

  6. Much better to undermine your integrity than the super bowl. Good news is, you can only lose your integrity once, and that ship sailed a long time ago for the NFL.

  7. Do we get tested to go in the hardware store? Nope. Do we get tested to go in the grocery store? Ah…negative. Gas station? No.

    So why on earth do we need to test guys on a grass field?

  8. diveleft says:
    January 21, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    The Packers and Rodgers will choke before the Super Bowl anyways so doesn’t matter.
    *********
    Well, it’s certainly more preferable than choking during the regular season.
    8-9. 🤣

  9. You guys are seething with frustration that theomnicron head cold can’t lock us down again.
    And loathe to admit that your “science” proves the vaccine is useless to stop infection or spreading – even with your beloved masks.
    Hard losing power over the little people, isn’t it…

  10. This ceased to be an issue when it was proven that vaccinated players were just as susceptible to infection as those unvaccinated.

  11. They should be testing everyone the same. The only difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated is the unvaccinated can carch covid, spread covid and die from covid. The vaccinated can catch covid, spread covid and die from covid but they’re vaccinated.

  12. It won’t matter after the 49ER’S give the Packers a thorough shellacking on Saturday night!

  13. “The chances of him confessing to symptoms or the Green Bay doctors blowing the whistle on any such symptoms are less than slim to none” – – and there folks is credible journalism for you right there. Don’t need to report the news when you can predict the future.

  14. So let me get this straight. NFL is changing the rules 3-4 weeks before the Super Bowl because A A Ron and Co will be in the Super Bowl? C’mon man, Packers need to play 2 games against two teams and win to get there. As Boomer once said….”Thats why we play the games.”. The Packers are 7-8 in the playoffs since their last Super Bowl appearance. To me it looks like a blatant contingency plan if the Packers make it.

  15. Rodgers is a scumbag and Goodell is a gutless coward as being a 54 years Packers fan i hope we
    win 6-0 .

  16. Finally people are coming to their senses! The ride is over let’s get back to normalcy. This thing has been a huge farce

  17. bigeee99 says:
    January 22, 2022 at 8:11 am
    This ceased to be an issue when it was proven that vaccinated players were just as susceptible to infection as those unvaccinated.
    Zzzzzzzzz

    That’s sorta true, now. That’s how variants evolve. That’s why variants can be dangerous and unpredictable. However, the fact variants were being allowed to evolve in the first place is because too few people got vaccinated. That’s a fact.

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