Lions’ Matthew Stafford tests COVID-19

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Detroit (USA), Aug 1 (EFE) .- Matthew Stafford, quarterback of the Detroit Lions, became the eighth member of the team to be placed on the reserve list for coronavirus.

Stafford was named to that list this Saturday after results returned from the team’s third round of testing on Friday.

The 32-year-old quarterback is the eighth Lions player to appear on the coronavirus reserve list, joining Kenny Golladay, tight end TJ Hockenson and Isaac Nauta, cornerbacks Justin Coleman and Amani Oruwariye, defender Arryn Siposs and safety Jalen Elliott.

Players are put on the list, whether they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus, and must remain so until they are medically authorized to return to their teams.

It is unclear how long Stafford will be out of action. The team is scheduled to begin strength and conditioning training on Monday.

When contacted for comment, the Lions referred to the NFL-NFLPA policy that “clubs are not allowed to comment on a player’s medical condition other than referring to the roster status.”

If they completed three negative coronavirus tests on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, Lions players were able to enter the team’s practice facility in Allen Park, Michigan for the first time for collection of physical and team exams on Saturday.

Stafford comes from a back injury that ended the season in 2019, costing him the last eight games of that season.

But he worked with teammates during the offseason, including training with Kenny Golladay in California; Danny Amendola in Georgia, and then a small group of Lions players in June.

The June training was against the advice of the NFLPA, which at the time asked players to stop training as a group.

(c) EFE Agency

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