The Detroit Lions have seen a few of their greater title gamers find yourself on the NFL’s coronavirus watch listing, and the largest simply got here within the type of Matthew Stafford.
Late Saturday, it was revealed the quarterback had been positioned on the COVID/Reserve listing for the crew. Stafford is the best profile participant to make the listing for the Lions in latest days given his place on the crew. He additionally turns into the primary quarterback within the league to crack the listing in 2020.
ESPN’s Subject Yates was first to interrupt the story:
Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been positioned on the reserve/COVID listing, per supply.
— Subject Yates (@FieldYates) August 1, 2020
Stafford will now be a part of 7 of his teammates in having to attend to be cleared so as to get again into the combination for the crew transferring ahead.
Matthew Stafford Performed ‘Greatest Soccer’ Throughout 2019
ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky went again and watched the tape from early within the 2019 season when Stafford was wholesome. What he discovered was a quarterback that he thinks was enjoying the perfect soccer in your complete league at that time at his place.
Go re-watch the primary eight video games for the @Lions final yr. Matthew Stafford was the perfect QB in soccer.
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) July 22, 2020
Orlovsky’s take is perhaps surprising to some. Quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and firm had nice seasons. Stafford was on their degree till he suffered a again harm which price him the second half of the yr and an opportunity at crew and private success.
How good would Stafford have completed? No one is aware of, however it’s clear if the participant that was round at first of final season reveals up in 2020, the crew will profit in a major manner. Hopefully, he can get wholesome in time to take action.
T.J. Hockenson, Kenny Golladay Land on COVID/Reserve Listing
Wednesday, Detroit positioned 5 gamers on the COVID/reserve listing. The most important names had been wideout Kenny Golladay, tight finish T.J. Hockenson, cornerback Amani Oruwariye and punter Arryn Siposs. The ultimate participant was security Jalen Elliott.
Not solely is John Atkins opting out of the season, however the Lions have additionally positioned Kenny Golladay and T.J. Hockenson on the reserve/COVID-19 listing, that means each have both examined optimistic for the virus or been in shut contact with an contaminated particular person.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 29, 2020
The information doesn’t imply that every one the gamers had been optimistic, after all. They could have been in touch with one other one that was contaminated. In line with Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Siposs was optimistic however asymptomatic which suggests he may theoretically be again sooner.
Detroit should monitor these gamers in addition to the remainder of their roster to see what occurs within the coming days.
Justin Coleman Positioned on COVID/Reserve Listing
In line with Tom Pelissero of the NFL Community, cornerback Justin Coleman was added to the listing on Thursday afternoon. He’s the third key Lions starter that has been despatched to the listing in the previous couple of days.
The #Lions are inserting CB Justin Coleman on the Reserve/COVID-19 listing, supply stated. Coleman is asymptomatic and examined detrimental Tuesday earlier than a optimistic take a look at Wednesday.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 30, 2020
Moreover, the crew positioned tight finish Isaac Nauta on the listing as nicely, bringing their whole of participant to 7.
After Justin Coleman (who advised me through textual content he’s doing OK) and Isaac Nauta ended up on the COVID reserve listing, that locations seven Lions on the listing — which suggests they’ve both examined optimistic for COVID or have been in shut contact with somebody who has coronavirus.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) July 30, 2020
Beforehand on Wednesday, the Lions had added 5 gamers to the listing, so early on, they’ve seen loads of motion when it comes to the coronavirus. Now, the step is for the crew to take a seat again and wait for everybody to be cleared.
That’s Stafford’s aim now for the Lions, and the crew should wait and see how rapidly he would possibly be capable of get cleared to return.
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