Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford Tests Positive For COVID-19
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has tested positive for COVID-19.
This makes Stafford the eighth player on Detroit's roster that's currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list: Stafford, tight end Isaac Nauta, cornerback Justin Coleman, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, tight end T.J. Hockenson, punter Arryn Siposs, safety Jalen Elliott and cornerback Amani Oruwariye.
Monday Morning Quarterback's Albert Breer:
Lions QB Matt Stafford did, indeed, test positive for COVID-19 (this wasn’t a case of being in close contact with someone sick). The test was administered on Friday, and Stafford was asymptomatic beforehand. That means that Stafford passed tests on Tuesday and Wednesday before the positive came up and landed him on the reserve list
According to MLive, Asymptomatic players must wait 10 days to return or test negative twice in 24 hours no less than five days after the positive test. Symptomatic players must wait at least 10 days since first experiencing symptoms, and at least three days since last experiencing symptoms.
It's probably a good thing that he tested positive now rather than later on when the Lions start practice which will happen on August 12. He also has a solid window to get healthy as their opener with Chicago isn't until September 13.
With players obviously coming in extremely close contact with one another, I find it's going to be an ugly season if there is even one at all. We've quickly learned that sports and the coronavirus are nasty recipe for disaster, just look at MLB.