The NFL has adjusted and tightened its COVID protocols throughout this season amid outbreaks and efforts to keep the season going, but Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers feels as if the league’s rules are a little inconsistent.
Rodgers raised the issue this week during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” when he talked about the oddities of this season, such as plexiglass in the locker room and avoiding teammates at lunch, due to the COVID protocols in place.
“I think obviously, proponents of all that say it’s necessary to get us to the finish line and through the season,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of questions – are we doing all this based on science? Is it all necessary? There’s some interesting conversations to be had down the line about all that.”
The Packers are among the teams which recently had some positive COVID tests, including running back A.J. Dillon who played in last Thursday’s game against the Niners.
Rodgers made it clear that he was not suggesting to loosen restrictions, but rather questioned the consistency of the protocols.
“I’m just wondering what is this based on, because … I just think there’s some double standards,” he said. “You can dap up a guy after a game, but you can’t eat at the same lunch table as a teammate. You can go down to practice and hit each other and be in close contact, but you have to have plexiglass between you and the guy next to you.
“I just think some of those things, to me, don’t really add up. I understand what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get every game in and stay healthy, but I think some of those things … I think some things make sense and some things don’t make a lot of sense.”
Rodgers pointed out how before the season the league originally did not want players exchanging pleasantries after the game, which he said made no sense after three hours of playing a full contact spot.
“I think some of it is definitely for the optics of it, some of it is based on science,” Rodgers said. “But it’s definitely changed the season, for sure.”