It’s unclear how long Stafford will be out, per NFL protocol, but the team is due to start strength and conditioning training on Monday.
The Lions, when contacted for comment, referred to the NFL-NFLPA policy that “clubs are not permitted to comment on a player’s condition other than on the list status ”.
A message left with Stafford’s agent requesting comment was not immediately returned to ESPN.
While they performed three negative COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Lions players on Saturday were allowed into the team’s training facility in Allen Park, Michigan for the first time for physical exams and equipment recovery.
Stafford just injured his back in 2019, costing him the last eight games of last season.
When Stafford’s wife Kelly was pregnant with their fourth child in May (she has since given birth to a daughter), Stafford said they had been as careful as possible.
“I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to be as safe as possible whether you have a pregnant woman at home with kids or not,” Stafford said in May. “Obviously, nobody really knows, there isn’t any specific data yet on that, on what that does to a pregnant woman or a baby or whatever. We’re just trying to make sure we’re doing everything we can to limit our exposure. .
“Make sure we’re home doing whatever the experts tell us to do, as much as we can, and we try to stay sane and have a little more fun here and there. ”
Stafford, however, has worked with his teammates throughout the offseason where he has homes, most notably with Kenny Golladay in California, Danny Amendola in Georgia, and then a small group of Lions players in June. June’s training came against the advice of the NFLPA, which then called on players to stop group training.
The 32-year-old quarterback is the eighth Lions player to make the COVID-19 reserve list, joining Golladay, tight ends TJ Hockenson and Isaac Nauta, cornerbacks Justin Coleman and Amani Oruwariye, punter Arryn Siposs and security Jalen Elliott.