Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford placed on COVID-19 list

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been placed on the COVID-19 list and could be ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Sunday’s match-up against the Minnesota Vikings just got a whole lot tougher for the Detroit Lions as quarterback Matthew Stafford could be ruled out for Sunday’s game after being put onto the COVID-19 list.

It was rumored that the Lions had to place Jarrad Davis on the COVID-19 list, but now, in an unrelated event, the Lions had to put their quarterback on the list as well. Reports said that the two are unrelated, but both players were transferred to the COVID-19 list.

Stafford’s placement onto this COVID-19 list means that he tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who tested positive. Without Stafford, the Lions will have to take on the Vikings with either Chase Daniel or David Blough at the offense’s helm.

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At 3-4-0, the Lions are looking to get back to .500, which is a tall-ask when the team’s quarterback may not be able to suit up for Sunday’s game.

This is the second time that Stafford has had to be placed on the COVID-19 list after a false positive landed him on the list earlier this year.

Stafford was forced to miss practice on Wednesday, leaving his fate for Sunday’s game as uncertain while the weekend approaches.

The 32-year old quarterback has thrown for 1916 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions, completing 61.4% of his passes so far in 2020.

The Lions need Stafford under center if they want to be successful this Sunday, so the hope is that he can somehow manage to meet the protocols and safely get back on the field. Simultaneously, reports of Stafford being possibly exposed to COVID-19, landing him on the COVID-19 list, do not offer much hope.

As it stands, the Lions offense needs all the help it can get. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay is also out with a hip injury as he continues to quarrel with the organization over a contract extension. Tackle Taylor Decker did not practice Wednesday as well, the weekend’s inactives will not be announced for a few days, but Stafford is likely to be on it.

For the time being, Stafford will remain on the COVID-19 list as things get sorted out, and he looks to return to the field as soon as it is safely possible. The Lions, however, have not shut the facility down or take any of those measures; they continue to practice for Sunday’s contest with the Vikings.

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Detroit Lions fans should hope Matthew Stafford can get back on the field and avoid having to watch Chase Daniel and David Blough run the show this weekend.