The NFL will conduct an investigation into whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers properly followed COVID-19 protocols and whether he will be subject to any punishments over the matter.

In a statement issued through a spokesman, the NFL said, “The primary responsibility for enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols within club facilities rests with each club. Discipline has been taken against clubs that have failed to follow the protocol in the past. The league is aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will be reviewing the matter with the Packers.”

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The quarterback is not considered vaccinated by the NFL’s standards, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports, meaning Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game in Kansas City against the Chiefs. Because of the sensitive nature and urgency of the situation, this person spoke only under condition of anonymity.

Rodgers isn’t eligible to return to action until Saturday, Nov. 13, according to league protocol for unvaccinated players. 

If Rodgers were to have any COVID-19 symptoms, at least 24 hours would have had to have passed from the last signs, and he would be required to show two negative tests 24 hours apart to receive clearance to return to action.

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Rodgers watched all three of his team’s preseason games in street clothes without a mask and has not worn a mask to news conferences, which are conducted indoors at the Packers facility. Rodgers was seen wearing a mask to an indoor Halloween party. League protocols also prohibit unvaccinated players from frequenting night clubs or bars.

A person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, told USA TODAY Sports that Rodgers had followed requirements that non-vaccinated players receive daily testing for COVID-19. It was unclear whether he had traveled separately to games and if he had abstained from partaking in meals with teammates, both of which are additional requirements for those who are not vaccinated.

For refusing to follow the guidelines, unvaccinated players can be fined. Repetition violators can receive a one-week suspension and up to four game bans.

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