NFL chief medical officer pushes back on Aaron Rodgers' claim that some COVID-19 protocols are 'not based in science'
Allen Sills said the NFL's COVID-19 protocols are "always based on science" despite Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' claim to the contrary.“We've been very consistent,” Sills told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. “First of all, these are things that we decided collectively with the players association (NFLPA). They're always based on science. The science that at best we understand for public health, but also our own data. We are constantly looking at our own data in every way possible, to see where we might still be vulnerable and what parts of our protocols we think are particularly effective.
Aaron Rodgers missing another practice has a number of Packers fans worried about the quarterback's overall health and availability vs. LA. © Provided by Fansided
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed a Thursday practice for the second straight week as he continues to deal with a toe injury. Rodgers did not practice Wednesday either; however, he did spend time with the media after practice to show the world his fractured pinkie toe (or as Rodgers called it, "COVID Toe").
Many fans are starting to worry about Rodgers' availability in the Packers' upcoming game against the Los Angeles Rams. Rodgers was active in Week 11, an eventual loss to their rivals from Minnesota, despite missing both Wednesday and Thursday's practice last week as well. The Rams are a much better opponent than the Vikings, though.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers (toe) to start vs. Rams; may not practice beforehand
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Monday Rodgers is on track to be in the lineup for this coming Sunday's contest against the 7-3 Los Angeles Rams ahead of Green Bay's bye.The Packers lost Pro Bowl offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL he suffered in Minnesota, but head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Monday Rodgers is on track to be in the lineup for this coming Sunday's contest against the 7-3 Los Angeles Rams ahead of Green Bay's bye.
The Packers are already missing several key players due to injury. Jaire Alexander is already on injured reserve, joined by Za'Darius Smith and Elgton Jenkins. The Packers will also likely be without David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones for Week 12.
Aaron Rodgers toe injury: How worried should Packers fans be?
Aaron Rodgers missed the Packers' Week 9 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19. Because he is unvaccinated, a fact that Rodgers appeared to have been trying to hide, Rodgers was forced to separate from the team and watch their losing effort from home.
Considering that he's missed time due to illness and is now operating at less than 100 percent with his toe injury, there is certainly a cause for concern among Packers fans.
It's not that Rodgers can't succeed given his injury. However, in the context of Green Bay's current situation, they need their quarterback to be operating at full capacity. If this toe injury hinders him in any major way, then that could be detrimental to the Packers as they try to make a run toward the postseason.
Is Matt LaFleur mishandling Aaron Rodgers' injury? .
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back at practice after three weeks, raising questions about how head coach Matt LaFleur is handling Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers walked onto the practice field today for the first time in three weeks. It's a promising development for Rodgers, who hasn 't practiced for the past three weeks due to a fractured toe. First person Aaron Rodgers went to when he ran onto the practice field was GM Brian Gutekunst, and they shared an embrace. It's the first practice for Rodgers (toe) in three weeks. LB De'Vondre Campbell back from COVID. DNPs: Cobb, Bakhtiari, Love. pic.twitter.