Detroit Lions quartet Matthew Stafford missed Wednesday’s training session and was put on the bench / COVID-19, the team announced.
Stafford was considered “high risk, close contact” with a non-group member who tested positive for COVID-19, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Stafford’s last contact with the individual was Monday, meaning he would be eligible to drop off the bench / COVID-19 on Sunday and play against Minnesota Vikings, while waiting for 5 days. Tested negative for him consecutively.
Stafford joined defender Jarrad Davis on the bench / COVID-19. Davis was included on the list on Tuesday. The two cases, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, were not related.
This is Stafford̵7;s second time on the bench / COVID-19. Stafford had a false-positive test result in August, part of the reason the NFL changed its testing protocol at the time. Stafford’s wife, Kelly, as well as the organization made strong statements at the time about false positivity.
Kelly Stafford reacted again on Wednesday, posting on her Instagram story, “We’re starting again.”
The Lions have now had two players on the list for days, after not having had a single player on the list since the start of the training camp in August, when Detroit had at least seven on the list. books, including Kenny Golladay and tight receiver. ending TJ Ho Chickenon.
Before Wednesday’s training session, Lions coach Matt Patricia said “no one won’t be able to train for JD.”
Detroit did not close its Allen Park, Michigan, facility on Wednesday, and Patricia said the team had “in constant contact with the NFL.”
“We didn’t have to close the facility,” Patricia said. “No need of any of that, given our circumstances. I can’t tell the future. I think right now, everyone across the country, especially in Michigan right now. And what’s going on, really no one knows what the next day will be like.
“We just have to do what we can to stay safe today.”
With Stafford out of practice, the Lions used the backup quartet Chase Daniel and David Blough.
Stafford, 32, has completed 61.4% of his passes this season with a length of 1,916 yards, 13 touches and five interceptions.
The lions also got four warm-ups – Golladay (hip), Halapoulivaati Vaitai (leg) and Taylor Decker (back) and Tracy Walker safety (leg) attacks – did not train on Wednesday, as did the kicker. Jamal Agnew (ribs) again. The other four starting players – defender Joe Dahl (back), Ho Chickenon (toes), winger Christian Jones (knee), blocking Danny Shelton (wrist) – were restricted. Late defense Trey Flowers was put on the injured reserve on Monday.