Word just came out that Matthew Stafford was just placed on the COVID list – I’m starting to think that this is all a very cautious move by the Lions organization.
This comes after Detroit was already filling up their list. It seems as if majority of the teams targets on offense are currently on the list and that somewhat has me nervous.
But I’m also somewhat happy that it’s happening now rather than later? Right?.. I mean I’d rather the list be filling up before the season starts rather than midway into the season.
Now what scares me is all of the players that have opted out of the season. Matthew Stafford is a family man, always has been. But he’s known for being an Iron Man. I just stated that he’d win MVP this season.
The Stafford’s recently welcomed another daughter into their world and majority of the people reading this know what Kelly Stafford went through. Would Stafford opt out of the year?
I surely hope not.
I’m thinking that Stafford was in contact with someone who was in contact with someone who was in contact with someone who was in contact with someone who was in contact with someone who tested positive. Yup, you’ve read that correctly. At least…. That’s what I’m hoping.
Right now we know for a fact that this is who Detroit has placed on the list:
Reserve/COVID: WR Kenny Golladay, TE T.J. Hockenson, CB Amani Oruwariye, S Jalen Elliott, CB Justin Coleman, TE Isaac Nauta, P Arryn Siposs
Opt out: DT John Atkins
How and when will Stafford be back?
For positive tests…
Asymptomatic players cannot return until:
- 10 days after the initial positive test OR
- 5 days have passed since the initial positive test and two consecutive negative tests are completed separated by 24 hours within a five-day period
- Return must be approved by the team’s physician and the league’s Infection Control Specialist, or ICS
Symptomatic players can’t return until:
- 10 days have passed since the first COVID-19 symptoms appeared
- At least 72 hours have passed since the symptoms last occurred
- Return is approved by the team’s physician after consulting with ICS and NFL’s chief medical officer
- Local regulations and requirements are satisfied
For players who test negative and are asymptomatic but have been in close contact with an infected person, the rules change.
- Second negative test within 24 hours of initial negative test
- Increased symptom monitoring
- Eight days of daily virus testing
- Regular testing schedule thereafter
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