Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has suggested he sees double standards in the safety protocols instituted by the NFL. Before the season started, the NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement on how to proceed with the season during the pandemic.
Players are getting regularly tested -- following the safety protocols -- and it has paid off so far as the NFL has made it to Week 10. "You can dap up a guy after a game, but you can't eat at the same lunch table as a teammate,'' Rodgers said Tuesday on SiriusXM's "The Pat McAfee Show," per the Associated Press.
"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 in the locker room. I just think some of those things, to me, really don't add up.
Some of it is definitely for the optics of it, some of it probably based on science, but it's definitely changed the season, for sure.' '
Rodgers thinks the Packers have done a good job
The Packers have had positive cases inside the organization and one of their games was rescheduled but so far they have avoided an outbreak within the team.
"There obviously was talk about the protocols and the amount of testing we were going to do,'' Rodgers said. "I think the [players' association] and the owners agreed that keeping it every single day was important to making sure we had the right updates on the health of our players.
I think that's been good. I think it's been a change, but I think we've done as well as we can in Green Bay. We've had a couple guys test positive, haven't had the widespread stuff that so many people prognosticated about, that we weren't going to get to this point.
I think maybe some people even were hoping we wouldn't get to this point. "But I think the NFL and PA, talking about the protocols, I think have done a nice job of setting good guidelines on how we can try to get to the end of the season.
Obviously, we had some games moved and canceled, but that we got eight games in, I think, is a win. Now we've got to get to the end of the season." Rodgers has had an outstanding season so far and the Packers own a 6-2 record.