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Matthew Stafford tests negative for COVID-19 after receiving false-positive result; Wife Kelly slams NFL on social media

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Posted at 10:18 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 17:23:24-04

(WXYZ) — BREAKING UPDATE

Matthew Stafford back on active roster after false-positive COVID-19 test

Statement from the Lions:

Today we removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and onto the Active Roster. As a result of a False-Positive test result, he was forced due to NFL/NFLPA protocols to sit out until he received two negative tests. His testing sequence for the Pre-Entry period was: negative, negative, False-Positive. The next three tests were all negative. To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive. Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes two days after the Lions put Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

According to Sports Illustrated, Stafford was asymptomatic and tested positive on Friday. SI reports that Stafford passed tests on Tuesday and Wednesday before the positive test came up.

The reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, it means that they have either tested positive or are being quarantined after being exposed to someone who has tested positive.

According to the league, a player who tested positive can come off the list after a certain amount of time has passed since the player tested positive.

Stafford's wife, Kelly slammed the NFL in a post on Instagram for releasing the results before more testing was done.