Saturday, 08 August, 2020

Detroit QB Stafford goes on reserve/COVID-19 list

Matthew Stafford placed on the Lions COVID-19 reserve list Matthew Stafford placed on the Lions COVID-19 reserve list
Cary Erickson | 02 August, 2020, 18:21

Placement on the list means Stafford has had close contact with someone who has contracted the novel coronavirus or he has tested positive for COVID-19, which teams do not divulge.

Some notable news came out of Detroit on Saturday, as the Lions placed starting QB Matthew Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Former Georgia nose tackle and current Detroit Lions defensive tackle John Atkins has opted out of the 2020 National Football League season.

Stafford's status will be one to monitor moving forward. The NFL's agreement with the players association prohibits releasing medical information about players.

Stafford is the latest star on the Lions' offense to hit the new reserve list as team's leading wide receiver Kenny Golladay and 2019 first-round tight end T.J.

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Stafford's wife Kelly had surgery previous year to remove a brain tumor.

Without him in the lineup, the Lions lost their final eight games of the 2019 campaign and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row.

Also Saturday, Seattle put guard Chance Warmack on the reserve/opt-out list, and Dallas put defensive back Saivion Smith on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

"With the health and safety of my family in mind, I have made a decision to opt out of the 2020 season during these trying times in 'Our Nation, '" McCray said.