GREEN BAY — Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play in Sunday’s game against Kansas City after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19.

Head Coach Matt LaFluer declined to answer in a Wednesday morning news conference if Rodgers was or was not vaccinated, and didn’t confirm if Rodgers had tested positive or only was in close contact.

Backup quarterback Jordan Love will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Practice squad QB Kurt Benkert reportedly tested positive on Monday and is unavailable, leaving the Packers with only one QB available on the team.

“We have a game to play, its the next man up mentality,” said LaFleur “I think our guys will rally around Jordan, we’ve got a lot of confidence in him, and what a great opportunity for him to showcase what he can do.”

“Luckily we’ll have a few extra days to go through every thing,” LaFleur said.

The team has been hit hard the past two weeks by COVID.

Receivers Davante Adams and Allan Lazard, along with Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry, missed last week’s Thursday night win over Arizona because they were in the COVID protocal.

Adams and Barry reportedly tested positive, but LaFluer said he hoped Adams and Barry would be at practice Thursday.

Lazard was activated Monday from the reserve/COVID-19 list and should be available for Sunday’s game.

In an appearance on his weekly livestream, Clubhouse Live, Lazard didn’t answer directly if he was vaccinated, but only that he was doing what he felt was best for him.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.