Lions place Stafford on reserve/COVID-19 list

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With NFL teams opening up training camps, returning players have been given tests for COVID-19 as they return, leading to some players being placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. The roster move means either that Stafford tested positive Friday for the coronavirus or has been in contact with someone who has, USA Today reports.

As revealed by the National Football League transaction wire, Stafford was played on the Lions' reserve/COVID-19 list.

Teams can not announce positive test results for players.


The reserve/COVID-19 list is a temporary injured reserve due to the ongoing coronavirus.

Stafford's wife Kelly had surgery past year to remove a brain tumor. In order to be activated, players must receive medical clearance, so there is no set timetable for their absences.

Stafford, 32, was on track for one of the best campaigns of his career over the first eight games of the 2019 season before suffering a back injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year. Stafford is entering his 12th season with Detroit after being drafted by the Lions with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009. The Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991. He signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

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