COVID-19 Interrupts Packers’ Plans to Use Jared Veldheer
Green Bay Packers have been fortunate to not have a lot of COVID-19 issues this season. The only thing they dealt with was A.J. Dillon in the early part of November. This led to Jordan Love, Krys Barnes, and a few others going into the close contact protocol. But other than that, Green Bay hasn’t had many scares especially when you compare it to the rest of the National Football League. But things took a turn in this department yesterday when Jared Veldheer tested positive for COVID-19. Veldheer went immediately on the list and will not be available until the Super Bowl if Green Bay gets there. Now, Green Bay has to hold their breath for the next few days.
The good news is that Green Bay didn’t find anyone to be in close contact with Veldheer. And from what we know about COVID-19, it should be assumed that Veldheer got it before entering Green Bay’s facilities. It typically takes someone anywhere from two to 10 days to catch the virus. It is not an immediate thing. And with the close contract tracing showing no other Packers in immediate danger, that’s a good sign. And since Veldheer hasn’t spent much time in Green Bay, things should be okay. But with COVID, you never know.
Green Bay will now have to go with their usual plan at the offensive line. They will likely put Billy Turner over at left tackle with Elgton Jenkins at his left guard position. Corey Linsley in the middle with Lucas Patrick at right guard and Rick Wagner flanking the right side. Part of me wondered if the plan for Veldheer would have led to Turner moving inside to help out with Aaron Donald. We’ll never know. Patrick did struggle against Carolina, but for the year, he’s had a good year. Trust in the guys that brought you to this point.
Go Pack Go and let’s keep testing negative.