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Report: Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID, out vs. Chiefs

It’s Mahomes vs. Love in America’s Game of the Week.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive and is out for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Backup Jordan Love will make the first start of his career against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. Love was 24 of 35 for 271 yards, one touchdown and one interception during the preseason (Remember, Rodgers did not take a preseason snap, so Love had an opportunity to theoretically take on the opposing teams’ top defensive units).

As it turns out, this is the second time that NFL fans expecting a regular-season matchup between former NFL MVPs in Rodgers and Mahomes will have to wait. During 2019’s championship season, Mahomes dislocated his patellar, leading to then-backup Matt Moore starting the game against Rodgers.

Rodgers predictably outdueled Moore, going 22 of 33 for 305 yards for three touchdowns in a 31-24 Green Bay win.

The game was only added to the 2021 schedule due to the league’s expansion to a 17-game schedule. With Rodgers 37 years old and possibly in his last year in Green Bay, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see Mahomes vs. Rodgers (at least while he is in a Packers’ uniform).

As we know, that might change should both teams go on deep playoff runs — or Rodgers could wind up in the AFC next year.