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Packers place another key Aaron Rodgers weapon on reserve/COVID-19 list

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Aaron Rodgers was already down his best receiver, Davante Adams, for the Green Bay Packers (6-1) Week 8 visit to face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (7-0), due to COVID-19. Now, another top target, wideout Allen Lazard, is joining Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Tuesday, per the team’s website.

In fact, Lazard may be the reason Adams is on the list. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Lazard is unvaccinated is a COVID-19 close contact of Adams. Lazard will be held out for at least five days and will miss Thursday’s game.

Adams has not been forced to follow protocols for unvaccinated players, which implies that he is vaxxed, per ESPN.

A player can be added to the reserve/COVID-19 list for either testing positive for the virus or being in close contact with an infected individual. According to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association, teams are not allowed to comment on a player’s specific medical status — simply their roster status.

Adams would need to be asymptomatic and produce two negative tests 24 hours apart prior to Thursday’s game, in order to be able to suit up for the Packers.

Green Bay’s other top receiving option, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, is eligible to come off injured reserve this week. He’s missed the last four games with a hamstring injury. The team is hopeful he can return for Week 8, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

“There’s a little bit of a shock factor for sure,” Aaron Rodgers said Monday about Adams’ addition to the COVID-19 list. “But we dealt with it last year. We’re maybe slightly more healthy than some of the other teams as far as not having as many cases. But there have been cases here and we’ve dealt with them.”

If Valdes-Scantling is unable to go, veteran wideout Randall Cobb could be Rodgers’ No. 1 WR against the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team.