That’s not to say Stafford didn’t have reps, however.
According to sources, Stafford received the Lions practice script every morning and attended virtually every meeting. He was able to watch the practice almost live, thanks to a system that records video of each room as it occurs.
Detroit has video cards that record practice as you go and players on the field can see their rep instantly. Stafford also had access.
Then, during the Lions’ usual snap-up exercise on Friday, Stafford’s computer was hooked up to large concert-style PA speakers so he could conduct the exercise. Still in quarantine and watching via Zoom, Stafford called protections and checks against the defense that had been called in, and the rest of the attack communicated the call as if Stafford was in the training facility in room with them.
Is he getting more of 2020 than that?
Stafford’s “high-risk” close contact with a person close to his family took place on Monday. According to the latest NFL-NFLPA protocols, he had to self-isolate for five days. This meant he was not allowed to travel with the Lions on Saturday or join the team until his last PCR test result returned from a lab on Sunday morning.
Instead, Stafford – who was officially activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list on Saturday afternoon – took a private plane to Minnesota. He was forced to stay in a different area of the team hotel and had no interaction with anyone on the team.
The Lions are in intensive COVID-19 protocols, anyway, so all of the meetings have been virtual. He was fully engaged mentally, but just wasn’t able to do it physically.
Substitutes Chase Daniel and David Blough took reps from actual practice during the week. But, as long as his last test is negative on Sunday morning, it will be Stafford under center for a big NFC North game against the Vikings.