Detroit QB Matthew Stafford Returns to Active Roster

Matthew Stafford with the Lions in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/Shutterstock

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford does not have COVID-19 and has been added back to the active roster.

Earlier reports claimed that Stafford had tested positive, after which he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. However, it turns out that the test was a false-positive. The team announced on Tuesday that after numerous tests returned negative, they are now certain that their starting quarterback has not contracted the coronavirus.

A player must receive two negative tests before being activated. Stafford tested negative twice, after which came the false-positive test. Since then, he has tested negative three more times.

Stafford’s wife Kelly Stafford took to Instagram to announce her displeasure with the situation, blaming the NFL for “not holding themselves accountable.”

“Maybe we should be absolutely positive a person has COVID before releasing that info to the world,” she said.

Stafford started off last season strong but ended up playing only half the season. He was diagnosed with non-displaced fractures in his upper thoracic spine and placed on injured reserve.

Detroit needs Stafford healthy if the team hopes to compete this year, with head coach Matt Patricia already on the hot-seat in his third year with the Lions. The other options on the roster at quarterback, currently, are Chase Daniel and David Blough.