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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard fined for COVID-19 protocol violations, source says

GREEN BAY, Erase. — The NFL’s assessment of Green Bay Packers’ COVID-19 protocols was finalized Tuesday, and a league source said the team was fined $300,000, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Allen Lazard were fined $30 each. received 14,650.

They were fined for violations of protocols jointly agreed upon by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

The source said the Packers’ cooperation with the investigation was being considered, but the team was warned that future violations could lead to increased discipline, including possible change in draft position or loss of draft pick.

The violations included the unvaccinated Rodgers not wearing a mask during his press conferences and the team failing to report that Rodgers and Lazard were attending a Halloween party, even though it was far from the team facility. By attending, Rodgers and Lazard violated protocol that prevents unvaccinated players from gathering in groups of more than three, which was the reason for their fine. The level of the players’ fines was part of the jointly agreed penalty schedule between the league and the players’ union.

The investigation also included a review of video from the club facility and found only a few isolated cases of Rodgers and Lazard not wearing masks at the facility. Other than those isolated incidents, the video showed no widespread or systemic violation of mask-wearing, the source said.

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

The investigation began last week after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. He must be in isolation for 10 days and will be eligible to return to the Packers on Saturday, one day before the team’s next game against the Seattle Seahawks.