Both the Green Bay Packers and the host Kansas City Chiefs were coming into the scheduled Week 9 contest relatively healthy—that is, until Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. Just like that, the scales were tilted to favor the Chiefs.
For now, the long-awaited showdown between Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes will be put on hold once again. Two years ago, the duo were scheduled to play each other for the first time when Mahomes went down with a knee injury that kept him out. Somehow the matchup of Rodgers vs. Matt Moore was a bit less thrilling, although K.C. gave the Packers an unexpected run for their money in that game.
This time around, it’s the Chiefs who need to take care of business when presented with an inferior opponent. That’s not to say that the Packers are going to be an easy challenge at all, since they are a well-rounded roster with serious talent on both sides of the ball. But if the Chiefs cannot beat the Packers without the reigning MVP then there’s simply no reason to believe they can make any run at the Super Bowl when these games are only harder.
Here are the inactive players for Chiefs vs. Packers.
As each team prepares to battle it out on Sunday afternoon, they’ll do so around a few more injuries than just the well-known illness for Rodgers. The Chiefs will be without right tackle and versatile lineman Mike Remmers for the second week in a row after he missed a full week of practice with a knee injury. While he’s missed two games, the Chiefs still haven’t moved him to Injured Reserve which means they like his potential to come back next week. It also helps to have rookie Lucas Niang as a solid starter at right tackle on hand.
Here are the official inactive players for Kansas City in Week 9:
- Deandre Baker, cornerback
- Prince Tega Wanogho, offensive tackle
- Mike Remmers, offensive lineman
- Dan Brown, tight end
- Khalen Saunders, defensive lineman
As for the Packers, the team has already announced that defensive lineman Kingsley Keke is out with a concussion. That much was known coming into the game, but the Packers just announced their official inactive list as well:
- Kingsley Keke, defensive line
- La’Darius Hamilton, linebacker
- Vernon Scott, safety
- Isaiah McDuffie, linebacker
The Giants and Packers kick off at 3:25 p.m. C.T. at Arrowhead Stadium.