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COVID-19 ruins Packers player’s chance of making NFL history

Green Bay Packers, COVID-19, NFL History

The Green Bay Packers signed Jared Veldheer earlier this week in hopes he could suit up on Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams, which would have cemented his name in NFL history. But after testing positive for COVID-19, Veldheer’s chances of creating history have been thwarted, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Veldheer was on the roster for the Indianapolis Colts during their Wild Card showdown with the Buffalo Bills last week. However, under the NFL’s new rules under the guidelines pertaining to COVID-19, he was allowed to sign with another team that was still in the postseason.

And with the Packers losing David Bakhtiari to a torn ACL for the playoffs, Green Bay was hoping to have Veldheer as insurance at the position. Unfortunately, the veteran offensive tackle tested positive for COVID-19 this week and won’t be able to suit up against the Rams.

If Veldheer were to play for the Packers on Saturday, he would have become the first player in NFL history to play for two different teams in the same postseason. Regardless of Veldheer’s status, Green Bay was likely going to start Billy Turner at the right tackle spot in place of Bakhtiari.

Under the new rules that were created during these uncertain times, the NFL allowed players from other teams — that met the criteria — to sign with teams that are still in the playoff race in hopes it could give them more depth in case of COVID-19. Even though he won’t play on Saturday, Veldheer could still have a chance at creating history if the Packers advance to the NFC Championship Game.