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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers v. Seattle will start if he approves COVID-19 protocol

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Jason Wilde for State Journal

The only thing standing in the way of Aaron Rodgers’ return to the starting lineup is COVID-19 – not practicing all week in the lead-up to next Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field.

According to NFL protocol, Rodgers can return to the Green Bay Packers’ headquarters as soon as possible. When the COVID-19-positive quarterback’s 10-day quarantine ends, and unless he is no longer infected with the coronavirus and no longer has symptoms, he will start against the Seahawks, coach Matt LaFleur said.

Although that means Rodgers may not have practiced all week.

“Absolutely,” LaFleur said after playing in Rodgers’ place with backup Jordan Love after the Packers’ 13-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. “He’s our starting quarterback.

“I think he’s been through quite a lot, yeah, you want guys to practice all week. But I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to be able to do that. We just have to make sure he sticks with our plan.” Matches well and he feels good about it, and we zoom in on him for meetings or whatever. But we’ll see where we are at the end of the week.”

Rodgers told SiriusXM’s “The Pat McPhee Show” on Friday that he is feeling well after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on Tuesday evening and testing positive on Wednesday. Because he has not been vaccinated, according to the league’s stringent protocol, Rodgers was immediately deported for 10 days, while a vaccinated player can return to the team as soon as he is asymptomatic, and 24 hours apart. There are two negative tests.

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