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Aaron Rodgers fined: NFL punishes Packers QB, Allen Lazard for violating COVID-19 protocols

The NFL has concluded its investigation into whether Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have violated the league’s COVID-19 protocols following news that the Green Bay quarterback tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

Circumstantial evidence in the wake of the news suggested the team would be liable for sanctions, as Rodgers – who is unvaccinated – was seen aboard the team charter talking to reporters inside without a mask. The question then was how severe the penalties would be and whether this would lead to a suspension.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL’s investigation and the penalties that Rodgers and the Packers faced as a result:

How much were the Packers fined?

Following the completion of the NFL review on Tuesday, the Packers organization was reportedly fined $300,000 for violating league protocols (via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky of ESPN). Other teams that have been fined for violating COVID-19 protocols include the Saints, Raiders ($500,000 each), Patriots and Titans ($350,000 each).

Packers president Mark Murphy commented on the league’s findings and the fine.

“We respect the League’s findings and recognize the importance of adherence to COVID protocols to keep our team and organization safe and healthy,” Murphy said. said in an official statement. “We will continue to educate the team on the importance of protocols and our commitment to work within the protocols.”

In addition, the league warned the Packers that future violations of the COVID protocols could lead to “escalated discipline”. according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which may include a change in concept position or a loss in concept choices.

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How much was Aaron Rodgers fined?

Rodgers and receiver Allen Lazard were both fined $14,650 for violating the rules. To put this number into perspective, Rodgers earns a base salary of $14.7 million this year alone. Therefore, this fine is only 0.00099 percent of his base salary. Lazard’s base salary is $850,000, but the penalty is still just 0.017 percent of his base salary.

These are the violations that the NFL has determined that Rodgers, Lazard, and the Packers have violated. First, because Rodgers is not vaccinated, he broke COVID protocol by not wearing a mask during press conferences. The team also did not report a Halloween party where both Rodgers and Lazard attended. While the party did not take place at the team’s facility and was not considered a team function, it still violated protocol that states that unvaccinated players should not congregate in groups of more than three.

The league also reviewed a video during their investigation that was seen in the club’s facility and found a few instances where Rodgers and Lazard were not wearing masks in the facility. Outside of these few cases, the investigation concluded there was no “widespread or systematic violation of mask-wearing,” via ESPN.

Both Rodgers and Lazard have not been vaccinated, but they were expected to face a fine from their positive tests. Because they are not vaccinated, they miss out on match checks in weeks when they can’t play. In addition, they can be fined up to a week’s wages up to $50,000. If the players do not follow the COVID protocols again, they could be fined even more in the future. The league currently has no rules stating that players will be suspended for violating protocol.

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With the circumstances surrounding Rodgers and whether or not he lied about his vaccination (he stated in August that he was “immunized”), he was thought to be fined more than $14,650, mainly because he receives a high salary.

Rodgers was able to return to the field in Week 10 in the Packers’ matchup against the Seahawks. His 10-day quarantine ends on Saturday, November 13. If he passes the COVID examination, he will be eligible to play on Sunday.


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