Shock twist in Aaron Rodgers vaccination controversy

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Pictured here, Aaron Rodgers looks on during a game for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers is set to return to play for the Green Bay Packers after recently testing positive for Covid-19. Pic: Getty

Unvaccinated Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers is set to return to play in the NFL after being forced to miss his side's previous game due a highly publicised Covid-19 controversy.

The veteran quarterback recently tested positive for coronavirus, sidelining him for 10 days and ruling him out of the Packers' NFL defeat to Kansas City.

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The 37-year-old has been forced to deny accusations he lied about being vaccinated after initially telling reporters he was "immunised", in a scandal that has dominated headlines in the United States.

However, Rodgers is set to return to action after being activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he's expected to start in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Rodgers was asymptomatic and had met the NFL’s return to play protocols, paving the way for his return to action.

Rodgers was "back in the building" on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, signalling Rodgers would return after missing the team's Week 9 game due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Rodgers was required to miss 10 days under NFL protocols, with Jordan Love taking his place as the Packers went down 13-17 against the Chiefs.

The controversy also saw the NFL fine the Packers $300,000 ($A407,000) after reviewing the team's Covid-19 protocols.

Aaron Rodgers under fire for Covid-19 violations

Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard were also slapped with $14,560 ($A19,758) fines for reportedly breaking the league's Covid-19 rules.

Packers president Mark Murphy said in a statement that his side accepted the NFL's sanctions.

"We respect the League's findings and we recognise the importance of adherence to the COVID protocols to keep our team and organisation safe and healthy. We will continue to educate the team regarding the importance of the protocols and remain committed to operating within the protocols. 

Pictured here, Aaron Rodgers in action for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers is seen here in action for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL. Pic: Getty

Any further protocol violations could result in increased discipline for the Packers, including a loss of draft picks.

The NFL's review found Rodgers and Lazard to have attended a Halloween party despite being unvaccinated, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. 

The pair were also reportedly found to be noncompliant with their mask-wearing, something the public is already well aware of.

Rodgers and the Packers have been under fire basically since the moment it was reported Rodgers was out due to Covid-19 protocols for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

It later became clear that Rodgers was unvaccinated, even though he had said he was "immunised" before the season, met with reporters without a mask (a protocol violation) and made no attempt to correct the record about his supposed vaccination. 

Lazard, who is also unvaccinated, was placed on the COVID-19 list as a close contact last month. He returned to the team days later.

Aaron Rodgers explains decision not to get Covid-19 jabs

Amid a torrent of criticism, Rodgers attempted to explain himself during an appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show" last week, but only ended up damaging his reputation further. 

The reigning MVP complained of being "in the crosshairs of the woke mob," insisted the science of his homeopathic treatment was sound, cited Joe Rogan for much of his information and basically compared himself to Martin Luther King Jr.

The un-vaxxed star said last week that he was allergic to some ingredients found in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and chose not to get the Johnson & Johnson shot after hearing about the adverse reactions others experienced from it.

Rodgers also questioned whether the jab would affect his fertility and said the NFL's Covid-19 protocols were not based in science.

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