LaFleur ‘100% confident’ Packers followed NFL’s COVID protocols with Rodgers

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Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur reacts to a call during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY — Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur says he is “100% confident” that his organization has been following all of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players with Aaron Rodgers as the league takes a closer look at the team.

LaFleur said he had no information on the NFL’s investigation into whether the team was following protocols, but did say “As far as the football space is concerned, I’m 100% confident.”

LaFleur later clarified he was talking about the football operations side of the building, including meeting rooms and walkthrough spaces.

Rodgers reportedly wore masks in those areas, as mandated by the NFL’s rules for unvaccinated players, but did not wear a mask while meeting with the media for press conferences in the auditorium. He also did not wear a mask on the sidelines during games, but NFL rules dictate that is not necessary for games played outdoors.

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The team could be fined or lose draft picks if the league finds it did not follow COVID protocols. The Baltimore Ravens were hit with a $250,000 fine last season, and the Tennessee Titans also had to pay a $350,000 after their own outbreak last year.

As for Rodgers, LaFleur says he is doing well after testing positive, but did not disclose any more details on his condition.

“You know, we’ll just wait this sucker out,” LaFleur said.

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As an unvaccinated player, Rodgers will have to miss a minimum of 10 days before they are allowed to return, as long as they are no longer showing symptoms.

Rodgers reportedly petitioned the NFL to be considered a vaccinated player after undergoing an alternate homeopathic procedure in an attempt to raise his antibodies, but the NFL rejected the request because he could not prove it offered the same level of protection as the vaccine.