Matthew Stafford Placed On COVID-19/Reserve List

Ross Houston
August 2, 2020

Stafford is the latest star on the Lions' offense to hit the new reserve list as team's leading wide receiver Kenny Golladay and 2019 first-round tight end T.J.

Some notable news came out of Detroit on Saturday, as the Lions placed starting QB Matthew Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Teams can not announce positive test results for players.

Stafford was not on the COVID-19 opt out list, which would have meant he was skipping the season due to health concerns. He and his wife Kelly have a newborn child at home, and Kelly underwent surgery a year ago for acoustic neuroma, a slow-growing tumor on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. In order to be activated, players must receive medical clearance, so there is no set timetable for their absences. Stafford is entering his 12th season with Detroit after being drafted by the Lions with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009.

Stafford played every game for the Lions from 2011-18, but back and hip injuries caught up with him and he missed half of last season. The Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991.

Others on the Patriots who will skip the 2020 season include defensive back Patrick Chung, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, running backs Dan Vitale and Brandon Bolden plus offensive linemen Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran.

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