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NFL Fines Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers for COVID Violations

NFL fines Aaron Rodgers, Packers for COVID violations originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

 

The NFL has fined Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers following a review of the team's COVID-19 protocols, according to reports on Tuesday.

The Packers were fined $300,000 for COVID violations of the NFL and NFL Players Association protocols. Rodgers, as well as wide receiver Allen Lazard, were each fined $14,650 for attending a maskless Halloween party that wasn't sanctioned by the team, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

The Packers' fine comes after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and it was revealed that he was not vaccinated, despite him previously implying that he was. As an unvaccinated player, Rodgers was breaking protocols by not wearing a mask during press conferences this season. The Packers' failure to report Rodgers and Lazard attending the Halloween party was also a violation, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

The fine comes after Rodgers was placed into COVID protocols after testing positive for COVID, and it was revealed that he was not vaccinated despite previously stating he was. 

The quarterback received backlash after an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show explaining his decision to not get vaccinated. He has since clarified his statements and realized he may have "misled" people's opinion. 

Rodgers' status for Sunday's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks looks hopeful, but he did admit there is a "small possibility" he does not suit up for the Week 10 game. 

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