Detroit Lions triggered midfielder Matthew Stafford from the reserve / COVID-19 list on Saturday, making him eligible to play on Sunday against Minnesota Vikings.
Stafford, who hasn’t been training all week, is set to start with the agreement of coach Matt Patricia.
“Every situation we come across is on an individual basis,” Patricia said on Thursday. “Based on the player, is there a certain guy who can practice for the week and then play in the game. It certainly depends on whether those situations are ready to do it or not. both are based on individuals. “
The lions also triggered the Austin Bryant defense from the inability list, placing full-back Darryl Roberts on the injured reserve, eliminating temple guard Joe Dahl with back injuries and money defender Marcus Martin lifted up from the training squad.
In his 12 years at the NFL, backup midfielder Chase Daniel, who practically ran the first-team game, said it was “the craziest week I’ve ever been in.” Lions has had a problem with the coronavirus with a player or staff member for four consecutive days, Stafford included.
During the week it is not clear if Stafford will return or begin. Will the Lions be comfortable enough to play him without any practice time, even against a defense that Stafford knows very well in Minnesota?
“He is the heart and soul of this team,” said Daniel. “When the Lions leave, so does Matthew Stafford, and so on. So leaving him out of here, it’s hard for him, to know him and his competitors. But I don’t doubt him.” What if he plays, he doesn’t need to practice. “
Stafford has been involved with the Lions for almost a week, sitting at Zoom meetings and making suggestions for the team’s plan against the Vikings.
“He’s in everything we do,” Daniel said. “During our walk [Friday], it’s crazy that technology can do these days and we’re having a good time with it and he’s making adjustments and changes, so it’s been a good week. “