What protocols must unvaccinated Aaron Rodgers follow, and when could he come back?

The NFL went to great pains to outline COVID-19 protocols, with wildly different procedures for individuals identified as “fully vaccinated” and those who aren’t. That’s especially interesting now to Packers fans after word broke that Aaron Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after going on the COVID-19 list.

Amid news that Rodgers was not identified by the NFL as vaccinated against COVID-19, he’s subject to a 10-day wait even if asymptomatic before he can rejoin his teammates on the field or in the practice facilities. If he does have symptoms, at least 24 hours must have passed since a fever was last detectable (and other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, have improved). Additionally (for those vaccinated or unvaccinated), a player must show two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart and get clearance from a team physician.

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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after an incomplete pass on a fourth down play during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on October 03, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

That means Rodgers, at the earliest, will be available to return Nov. 13, the day before the Packers game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Star receiver Davante Adams missed the Arizona game on Thursday after being placed in COVID-19 protocol. Because he is vaccinated, he still could have played if he had received negative tests 24 hours apart, without a 10-day waiting period.

Active players are not subject to wearing a mask on the sideline at games, unless local government indicates otherwise. Players are also not required to wear a mask during outdoor practices (during stretching, warmups, walk-throughs) or in the “bubble” of a large indoor facility such as the Don Hutson Center. Players who aren’t vaccinated must, however, wear masks for indoor walk-throughs.

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