Report: Packers, Aaron Rodgers fined for COVID-19 violations
The Green Bay Packers were fined $300,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for COVID-19 violations, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers was fined $14,600, ESPN reported.
The Packers’ fine was for violations of protocols that were agreed upon by all teams, including Rodgers not wearing a mask during sessions with the media.
Rodgers was not personally fined for his lack of mask wearing, but instead was disciplined for attending a Halloween party. Also fined $14,600 for attending the same party was wide receiver Allen Lazard.
Unvaccinated players are prohibited from attending a gathering of more than three people, per an agreement with the NFL and the league’s players’ association.
According to the report, the NFL’s investigation included reviews of video from the Packers’ facility, with Rodgers and Lazard spotted not wearing face masks where required.
Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was forced to miss the Packers’ 13-7 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Rodgers’ replacement, Jordan Love, passed for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception as Green Bay’s winning streak ended at seven games.
The NFL’s investigation was prompted after Rodgers tested positive. He is eligible to return to the team Saturday, the first day following a 10-day isolation period.
Additional COVID-19 protocol violations by the Packers would result in further discipline that could be as punishing as losing a pick in the next NFL draft.
–Field Level Media