Monday, September 26, 2022

Column: Karma still wants a word with Aaron Rodgers

Seattle in Green Bay was never going to live up to the hype, and how exactly could it be? Karma intervenes in pro wrestling all the time, sure, but rarely in the NFL and almost never in the middle of the regular season.

So those who wanted to downvote Aaron Rodgers for misleading everyone about his vaccination status would have to spend their time. Ditto for those hoping to emerge from a 10-day quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test, like some avenging superhero, proves that Joe Rogan’s child-dog-engineered cocktail works just as well as the disease. The control puts its seal of approval for whatever the center does.

As it turned out, Rodgers was barely better than Russell Wilson – the Seahawks QB was making his return from an arm injury – and that was enough to help the Packers win a 17-0 win on Sunday.

“I’m happy, I’m so tired,” Rodgers said. “It’s been a long, long 10 days.”

Unlike his coach and teammates, Rodgers spoke to reporters via video conference rather than in-person after the game, apparently not wearing a mask.

“I feel great for the most part,” he added a moment later. “I would say I played pretty solid.”

Rodgers completed 23 of 37 passes for 292 yards, including two touchdowns and an uncanny interception in the end zone. He threw several times under, over or on the wrong side of the receiver, and even bounced a pass off the helmet of Seattle defensive lineman Brian Monae.

But “solid” was a fair description for a 37-year-old QB who was coming back from a layoff in Lambeau Field with gusty winds, occasional snow and near-freezing temperatures. Lucky for him, Wilson was even more rusty. If the game proves anything, it’s that the Packers’ defense is rapidly shaping up to be a Super Bowl-worthy unit.

“I’m not going to say we’re a defensive football team yet,” Rodgers said, “but we’ve certainly been playing like that for the past few weeks.”

That development helped pave a rocky stretch that could cost the Packers much more than a $300,000 fine imposed by the league for violating their COVID-19 protocols, but instead gave them their lead in the division. and took the top spot. in NFC. How long it continues to operate, however, depends largely on where Rogers takes his crusade from here.

He’s already been fined $14,650, lost at least one endorsement and two less-than-satisfying (not to mention unscientific) interviews Rodgers did on Pat McAfee’s show, giving him no fans. not found back. His companions, whether they support his stand or not, will not dare to speak up. Coach Matt LaFleur knew what Rodgers meant by “immune” when he misled the rest of us in August and he’s not starting to rock the boat anymore.

“You can feel the guys, they were excited to have him back,” Lafleur said. “I felt that (Saturday). I felt that (Sunday). … Whenever you bring back a player of that ability in your team, I think everyone gets quite excited.”

Rodgers has already made clear that he does not intend to be vaccinated any time soon and under league protocol, he cannot be forced into a five-day quarantine for “close contact” with someone who who tests positive for COVID-19 and has lived. The NFC Championship won’t be tested again until two days after the game. After that, however, Rodgers will be subjected to daily testing, prompting a question about how he will feel if he misses the Super Bowl because of his unaffiliated status.

“I really don’t like playing what-if games,” Rodgers replied. “What I do know is that I have over two months now where my protocol is not testing every single day. So that’s the only thing I’m thinking of.

“I don’t like playing fantasy sports, Rodgers continued. “Obviously, I like playing the second weekend in February, and hopefully we’re in that position.”

There’s an easy way to completely remove the “what-if” question from the equation. It’s called the vaccine, and it’s readily available within a short drive of packers’ convenience or wherever you are while you’re reading this. It’s not just smart thing, or something you do to help the team, it’s also good karma.

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