NFL insider notebook: Everyone’s to blame in the Aaron Rodgers saga, plus Geno Smith’s audition, Week 9 picks

By virtue of Aaron Rodgers’ cunning wordplay blowing up in his and the Packers’ faces, the NFL is going to be forced to hammer the team and the player for ignoring its COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players.

It’s an embarrassment for a league that proudly navigated an entire regular season and postseason last year during the global pandemic, a league that enjoyed being a leader in the international sports community for its response to the virus. Now one of its established faces — its reigning Most Valuable Player — has been caught face-naked violating the protocols on a weekly basis with no apparent penalty yet.

League sources have confirmed to me that Rodgers is unvaccinated and that the Packers knew Rodgers was unvaccinated. Many may have been fooled into believing Rodgers was vaxxed, but the organization knew the deal all along.

“Yeah I’ve been immunized,” Rodgers told the media when asked if he was vaccinated in late August. “You know, there’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements. There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys. There are guys that’ve been vaccinated that have contracted COVID. So it’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.”

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