This weekend, some of the Green Bay Packers’ players have begun to report for training camp. The report date for veterans is on Tuesday, when camp truly begins in earnest and when the drama surrounding Aaron Rodgers should come to a head, one way or another.
While the national media can’t get enough of this situation, it would be understandable if Packers fans are feeling exhausted by the whole ordeal. For better or worse, things should finally become clear on Tuesday regarding Rodgers’ plans for the 2021 season, with the uncertainty hanging over the team changing into purpose and a plan.
Meanwhile, the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic means that fans are able to return to practice, though one of the Packers’ most treasured training camp traditions will remain off the table for another year. Fans planning to attend practice should keep in mind certain policies around attendance to ensure that everyone’s experience is as positive as possible.
And with COVID-19 in mind, we now find that there is a substantial financial penalty coming for any unvaccinated individuals who break protocols. Between the league’s strong push for vaccination among its players and hopefully good adherence to protocols by unvaccinated individuals, the league will be able to minimize the pandemic’s effect on the 2021 season.
On to the news!
NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol | ESPN
The NFL relaxed policies for vaccinated players, but left much of last year's protocols in place for the unvaccinated. Now, there are stiff fines coming if anyone subject to those policies breaks them -- just under $15,000 per offense.
Packers place LB Ray Wilborn on reserve/COVID-19 list | Packers.com
Meanwhile, the Packers have their first COVID status of the year, as the first-year linebacker has landed on the reserve list.
Green Bay Packers training camp: Fans allowed with COVID-19 rules | Green Bay Press-Gazette
For anyone planning to attend practice this year: practices will typically start at 10:10 AM, but remember that there is no bicycling out to the field this year. Please also remember to mask up if you are unvaccinated, in accordance with CDC recommendations.
Packers place RB Patrick Taylor on PUP list to start training camp | Packers Wire
This is a disappointing start to camp for a player who many thought could challenge for the RB3 job.
NFL 100: At No. 68, Charles Woodson's versatility and longevity set him apart – The Athletic (subscription)
Woodson's legendary career lands him at #68 on this list of the top 100 players in league history.
Bears trade WR Anthony Miller to Texans - Windy City Gridiron
The Bears are done with Miller, sending him to Houston for a swap of late-round draft picks.
Softball-Olympic softballers hunt roaming bear, no luck finding it so far | Reuters
There have been multiple reports of a real, live brown bear roaming around the softball venue in Tokyo last week. So far, it has not appeared during any games, but athletes are keeping a close eye out in the hopes of spotting the furry creature.