Packers QB Jordan Love tries to keep focus on his first start amid Aaron Rodgers firestorm

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love was finishing up his pre-practice stretch Friday inside the Don Hutson Center just about the time teammate Aaron Rodgers was making Twitter go crazy with a defense of his vaccination status and some widely disputed claims about the faulty science behind vaccination and mask-wearing.

As Love jogged out onto the field, Rodgers was reporting to talk show host Pat McAfee that he was feeling better after testing positive for the virus Wednesday morning and thanking all those who reached out to send their best.

About the time Love was flinging the ball through the calm air on Clark Hinkle Field, Rodgers was full-out inflaming the on-going dispute between the pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine cultures and bringing the Packers’ fan base into the fray.

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Love had zero connection to the growing debate other than being Rodgers’ replacement when the Packers travel to Kansas City on Sunday. As far as the social media eruption that was growing with every minute Rodgers spent presenting his argument on whether to be vaccinated, Love’s relationship to it all was the same as millions of others in the country: He was on the vaccination side.

Jordan Love will make his first career start Sunday.

This was the final full-speed practice before the Packers jump on a plane Saturday afternoon and Love was carrying out some of the plays coach Matt LaFleur is expected to call Sunday. From most accounts, he had a pretty good week of practice, although it’s hard to imagine anyone saying publicly that he didn’t.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what he does,” receiver Davante Adams said. “I can definitely tell that he’s tapped in and ready to play. So, it’ll be fun to go out there and sling it around a little bit.”

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