Lions remove Matthew Stafford from COVID-19 / reserve list, citing false positive

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was removed from the COVID-19 / reserve roster on Tuesday and placed on the active roster after what the team called a false positive test.Stafford appeared on the COVID-19 / reserve list on Saturday, meaning a player has passed a test who has come back positive or has been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Lions, in a statement on Tuesday, said Stafford had never had COVID-19 and instead had a false positive test after two negative coronavirus tests last Tuesday and Wednesday. Stafford took a test on Friday which came back positive on Saturday.

His next three tests were all negative.

“To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and has never had COVID-19 and the test in question was a false positive,” the Lions said in a statement. “Also, Matthew’s entire family has been tested and everyone is negative. ”

Stafford was the first starting quarterback to be on the COVID-19 / reserve roster and, at the time, Detroit’s eighth player. Since then tight end Isaac Nauta, starting corner Justin Coleman and Stafford have been taken off the list, leaving TJ Hockenson, Kenny Golladay, Jalen Elliott, Arryn Siposs and Amani Oruwariye.

The Lions are careful with false positives as they could cause a player to miss a game if they occur during the regular season.

“It’s one of those things that’s going to be moot for sure, but at the end of the day we knew coming into that situation that there would be situations like this,” said linebacker Jarrad Davis. . “It’s just something that we have to hope that the NFL and the NFLPA can keep working to, I guess, get things done, get rid of things that are going to arise like that.

“Yeah, maybe this is the first we’ve heard of, but I’m sure there are more that will happen.” “

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