Why isn’t Aaron Rodgers playing today vs. the Chiefs?

Why will Aaron Rodgers not be on the field when the Green Bay Packers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season?

It has been a dramatic week for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After the attention was on who the Packers would potentially acquire at the trade deadline, the focus turned to the QB himself on Wednesday. Let’s take a look at why Rodgers will not be on the field against the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

Why isn’t Aaron Rodgers playing today?

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The QB later discussed how he had some symptoms on Tuesday but was over them by the end of the week. News then came out that Rodgers is unvaccinated, which means he has to miss a mandatory 10 days under the current COVID-19 NFL-NFLPA protocols.

That mandatory period means that Rodgers must miss the game against Kansas City and will not be able to practice next week. He should be eligible to return the day before the Packers take on the Seahawks in Week 10.

Jordan Love will start his first NFL game for the Packers

Rodgers’ absence means that second-year QB Jordan Love will get his first start in the NFL against the Chiefs. Love has played in preseason games ahead of the 2021 season but has limited regular-season snaps. He took 15 snaps in the Packers’ Week 1 blowout loss to the Saints before taking 3 more — all kneel-downs — in their Week 2 win over the Lions. His career numbers are 5-for-7 for 68 yards with 1 sack.

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The Packers selected Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Green Bay gave up a first and fourth-round selection to acquire the 26th overall pick from the Miami Dolphins. The selection caused controversy, and many considered it a major reason Rodgers asked the Packers to trade him this offseason.

The Packers will be shorthanded for the second straight game

This will be the second game where the Packers will be without key personnel because of the COVID-19 protocols. Last week, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard missed the game against the Cardinals. Adams tested positive for COVID-19, and the team considered Lazard an unvaccinated close contact.

Therefore, the Packers will likely lean heavily on the run game for a second straight week. In Week 9, AJ Dillon carried the ball 16 times, and Aaron Jones had 15 rushing attempts. Rodgers also targeted Jones 11 times, but with the return of the receiving weapons, that could drop back down to around his season average of 5.

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