Aaron Rodgers before a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 28.

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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

Nov 15, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter  at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Adams misses practice, plans to play Sunday

Davante Adams didn’t practice on Thursday because of an injured ankle, but the Green Bay Packers’ leading receiver said he plans to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Adams, who has 61 catches for 741 yards and nine touchdowns this year, suffered the injury during this past Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After leaving the game temporarily, he returned to catch the game-winning touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter.

Adams, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed two games earlier this season with an injured hamstring, is confident he will be on the field when the Packers (7-2) face the Colts (6-3).

Adams’ 61 catches are at least 33 more than any Packers player, and no teammate has more than 463 yards receiving (Marquez Valdes-Scantling).

“I’m just playing it slow right now and just letting it heal up as much as possible,” Adams, who was limited in what he could do in practice on Wednesday, told reporters. “We’re doing all the right things to make sure I can be on top of the game by Sunday. I’m not even going to go there as far as guaranteeing that if I’m playing or not, but that’s the idea.”

While Adams is questionable for Sunday’s game, so is receiver Allen Lazard, who hasn’t played since injuring a core muscle during a victory over the New Orleans Saints. Lazard has been limited in two practices since being activated on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) catches a pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Packers activate WR Lazard from IR

The Green Bay Packers activated wideout Allen Lazard off injured reserve on Tuesday.

Lazard missed the Packers’ last six games with a core-muscle injury that required surgery.

The team designated Lazard for return on Oct. 28, opening a 21-day practice window for the Packers to activate him. Wednesday was the deadline to activate the third-year player or have him be shut down for the rest of the season, by rule. Whether he’s actually ready to return this week against the Indianapolis Colts remains to be seen. Lazard did not practice last Friday.

Lazard takes one of the Packers’ two open roster spots with running back AJ Dillon and linebacker Krys Barnes still on COVID-19 reserve.

Lazard’s last game, in Week 3 against New Orleans, was a monster. With No. 1 wideout Davante Adams sidelined, Lazard caught six passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Lazard has 13 receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place LB Kirksey, WR Lazard on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and wide receiver Allen Lazard on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Kirksey originally was reported to have a shoulder injury, however the practice report this week listed it as a pectoral ailment.

The 28-year-old recorded 27 tackles in three games this season. He has collected 511 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 76 career games (57 starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2014-19) and Packers.

Lazard’s placement on injured reserve was expected. He underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury this week.

Lazard, 24, had six catches for 146 yards, both career bests, and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory at New Orleans on Sunday night. His big game occurred in the absence of Packers star Davante Adams, who was out due to a hamstring injury. With Adams still not at full speed, the Packers are left with significant concerns at wide receiver heading into Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Lazard, who has 13 receptions this year, leads the Packers in receiving yards (254) while his two touchdown catches are tied with Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan for tops on the club. Lazard has 49 receptions for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games (six starts) with the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place LB Kirksey, WR Lazard on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and wide receiver Allen Lazard on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Kirksey originally was reported to have a shoulder injury, however the practice report this week listed it as a pectoral ailment.

The 28-year-old recorded 27 tackles in three games this season. He has collected 511 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 76 career games (57 starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2014-19) and Packers.

Lazard’s placement on injured reserve was expected. He underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury this week.

Lazard, 24, had six catches for 146 yards, both career bests, and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory at New Orleans on Sunday night. His big game occurred in the absence of Packers star Davante Adams, who was out due to a hamstring injury. With Adams still not at full speed, the Packers are left with significant concerns at wide receiver heading into Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Lazard, who has 13 receptions this year, leads the Packers in receiving yards (254) while his two touchdown catches are tied with Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan for tops on the club. Lazard has 49 receptions for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games (six starts) with the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place LB Kirksey, WR Lazard on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and wide receiver Allen Lazard on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Kirksey originally was reported to have a shoulder injury, however the practice report this week listed it as a pectoral ailment.

The 28-year-old recorded 27 tackles in three games this season. He has collected 511 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 76 career games (57 starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2014-19) and Packers.

Lazard’s placement on injured reserve was expected. He underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury this week.

Lazard, 24, had six catches for 146 yards, both career bests, and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory at New Orleans on Sunday night. His big game occurred in the absence of Packers star Davante Adams, who was out due to a hamstring injury. With Adams still not at full speed, the Packers are left with significant concerns at wide receiver heading into Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Lazard, who has 13 receptions this year, leads the Packers in receiving yards (254) while his two touchdown catches are tied with Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan for tops on the club. Lazard has 49 receptions for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games (six starts) with the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place LB Kirksey, WR Lazard on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and wide receiver Allen Lazard on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Kirksey originally was reported to have a shoulder injury, however the practice report this week listed it as a pectoral ailment.

The 28-year-old recorded 27 tackles in three games this season. He has collected 511 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 76 career games (57 starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2014-19) and Packers.

Lazard’s placement on injured reserve was expected. He underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury this week.

Lazard, 24, had six catches for 146 yards, both career bests, and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory at New Orleans on Sunday night. His big game occurred in the absence of Packers star Davante Adams, who was out due to a hamstring injury. With Adams still not at full speed, the Packers are left with significant concerns at wide receiver heading into Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Lazard, who has 13 receptions this year, leads the Packers in receiving yards (254) while his two touchdown catches are tied with Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan for tops on the club. Lazard has 49 receptions for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games (six starts) with the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Adams back at practice, Lazard (core muscle) out

The Green Bay Packers saw Davante Adams return to practice on Thursday, but the health of another of the team’s wide receivers reportedly is very much in question.

Allen Lazard sat out the session with a core muscle injury. That injury could be troublesome, considering ESPN reported that noted core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers will look at his scans to determine if surgery is needed.

Lazard, 24, had six catches for a career-best 146 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory at New Orleans on Sunday night. His big game occurred in the absence of Adams, who is nursing a hamstring injury.

Lazard, who has 13 receptions, leads the Packers in receiving yards (254) while his two touchdown catches are tied with Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan for top honors on the club.

Lazard has 49 receptions for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games with the Packers.

As for Adams, he admitted on Thursday that he was “feeling a lot better this week than last week.” He added that he is going to “make sure I’m 100 percent before I’m back out there.”

The Packers officially won’t have to make that decision until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Falcons (0-3). Marquez Valdes-Scantling would see an uptick in snaps if Adams can’t play.

Adams has recorded 17 receptions for 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season for the Packers (3-0). The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 448 receptions for 5,386 yards and 46 scores in his six-plus seasons with Green Bay.

Tight end Josiah Deguara (ankle), linebacker Christian Kirksey (pectoral) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) did not practice on Thursday. Kirksey is in jeopardy of missing multiple games.

Defensive lineman Kenny Clark (groin), and linebackers Rashan Gary (ankle), Randy Ramsey (groin) and Za’Darius Smith (ankle) were limited participants.

–Field Level Media