Nov. 13 (Reuters) – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was removed from the National Football League’s reserve/COVID-19 roster on Saturday, paving the way for the three-time most valuable player to take on the Seattle to play Seahawks.
Rodgers, who has not been vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was widely criticized for telling reporters in August that he had been “immunized” when asked if he had been vaccinated.
The 37-year-old quarterback sat out the Packers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols, which require a mandatory 10-day quarantine period for unvaccinated players who test positive.
Green Bay (7-2) is scheduled to host the Seahawks (3-5) on Sunday.
The Packers didn’t say whether Rodgers would be the starting quarterback, just that he had been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Rodgers said he is allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer (PFE.N) BioNTech (22UAy.DE) and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and so he refused to take it.
He didn’t take the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine because of concerns about side effects, he said.
The NFL on Wednesday fined the Packers $300,000 and two players, including Rodgers, $14,650 each for violating COVID-19 protocols.
Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Toby Davis
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