Packers: Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19, out vs. Chiefs

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

The Packers will be without Aaron Rodgers in Week 9 versus the Chiefs.

The Green Bay Packers will be without their MVP in Week 9.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Rodgers is unvaccinated, which is why he has already been ruled out. This means he’s out for at least 10 days.

This news comes a day after practice-squad QB Kurt Benkert was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. It means second-year Jordan Love is the only quarterback available on the roster. The Packers will need to bring in another QB before the weekend.

It also means Love will get his first NFL start this weekend.

Second week in a row Packers missing players on reserve/COVID-19 list

Last week, the Packers took on the Arizona Cardinals without star wide receiver Davante Adams, receiver Allen Lazard, and defensive coordinator Joe Barry. It’s possible all three could be back this week.

But now Rodgers and Benkert are out. Hopefully no other players or coaches will also be added to the reserve/COVID-19 list in the coming days.

Despite the Chiefs’ up-and-down start to the 2021 season, this was always going to be a challenging game. Now with this news, it becomes a daunting task for the Packers, who are already without Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith on defense, and Robert Tonyan on offense. It remains to be seen whether David Bakhtiari will be able to return this week.

Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes have never gone head to head. When the two teams met a couple of years ago, Mahomes was out of the game due to injury. This time it will be Rodgers out of the game on the reserve/COVID-19 list.