The Detroit Lions have announced that quarterback Matthew Stafford had a false-positive COVID-19 test and has been removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Stafford tested negative his first two tests upon returning to training camp. His third test, on Friday of last week, gave an apparently false positive result; Stafford had not experienced symptoms. According to NFL/NFLPA protocols he had to sit out until he received two negative tests.The Lions say Stafford took three more tests after that and tested negative each time.


The Lions initially put eight players on the reserve/ COVID-19 list. Stafford and cornerback Justin Coleman have since been removed. As the Detroit Free Press reports,

Players who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic can return 10 days after the initial test, or five days after the initial test but with two confirmed negative tests.   Players who show symptoms of COVID-19 cannot be cleared until at least 10 days from the time symptoms first occurred.

On field work outs for the Lions are set to begin August 12.  Matthew Stafford's wife, Kelly Stafford, is sharing about the experience on social media, calling it "somewhat of a nightmare" and saying the family was harassed:

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