Lions’ Matthew Stafford placed on NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list



Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.

The designation means Stafford, 32, has either tested positive for the novel coronavirus or was knowingly in contact with someone who has been diagnosed.

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League policy does not allow for comment on a player’s medical status.

Lions players were tested Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, according to The Detroit News, having to pass all three in order to get access to the training facility.

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Stafford, who saw his consecutive starts streak end at 136 games because of a back injury last season, is the first starting quarterback to be named to the list. He is the eighth Lions player on the list, joining the likes of receiver Kenny Golladay and tight end T.J. Hockenson.

The former No. 1 overall pick and wife Kelly, a cancer survivor, welcomed their fourth daughter, Tyler, in July. All four Stafford children are under the age of four.

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