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Matt LaFleur: QB Aaron Rodgers in COVID-19 protocol, out vs. Chiefs

LaFleur sidestepped Rodgers' vaccination status on Wednesday.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hands the ball off to running back Aaron Jones (33) in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 10. Katie Stratman / USA TODAY Sports
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday's road game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports.

NFL Network reported Rodgers will sit out the game against the Chiefs because he is unvaccinated, which means he's sidelined 10 days as a result of the positive test.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur sidestepped Rodgers' vaccination status on Wednesday.

"I'm not going to get into any of our players or coaches vaccination status," LaFleur said.

Jordan Love, 23, jumps to the head of the line to make his first career NFL start in place of Rodgers.

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"I said, 'Hey, it's a great challenge. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us,'" LaFleur said of the message to the team. "I think our guys will rally around Jordan. What a great opportunity for him."

Green Bay is scheduled to host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 (Nov. 14). According to reports, Rodgers would first be able to return to the team Nov. 13.

The Packers played without wide receiver Davante Adams and fellow wide receiver Allen Lazard last Thursday due to COVID-19. Adams has yet to be cleared to return.

Rodgers overcame the absences to throw two touchdown passes in Green Bay's 24-21 victory over the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals. The Packers (7-1) have won seven in a row since a season-opening 38-3 shellacking by the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 12.

Rodgers, 37, has thrown for 1,894 yards with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Rodgers' entire 17-year career has been with the Packers. He has passed for 53,139 yards and 429 touchdowns, and he won a Super Bowl ring with the franchise at the end of the 2010 season.

Love has completed 5 of 7 passes for 68 yards in limited work this season. That has been his lone regular-season action since the Packers selected him with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Despite Love's limited game experience, LaFleur has confidence in the second-year quarterback.

"I know he's been working hard every day," LaFleur said of Love. "Certainly the majority of his reps have taken place on scout team. That's something that ... during practice you take whatever's on the card, put it into our terms to help with the process. He takes every rep seriously."

Per ESPN, quarterback Blake Bortles is flying to Green Bay with the expectation that he will be signed to the Packers' practice squad and be eligible for the 53-man roster on Sunday. Bortles was on the Packers' roster during the summer prior to Rodgers reporting to the team.

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