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Matthew Stafford’s wife speaks out after Lions star lands on COVID-19 reserve list

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Detroit Lions star quarterback Matthew Stafford has landed on the COVID-19 reserve list for the second time in three months.

However, he could play in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Stafford’s wife, Kelly, said the Lions signal-caller has tested negative for COVID-19. She confirmed an ESPN report that Matthew had close contact with someone who did test positive for COVID-19.

“I appreciate everyone reaching out and giving us well wishes, when actually we are fine,” Kelly Stafford said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “We are all negative. My husband is negative. There was just a certain exposure, so we’ve been testing since our exposure and we are all negative.”

Matthew Stafford must quarantine for five days from the date of his last contact with the person who has COVID-19.

The Lions’ gunslinger won’t practice this week, so the earliest he can rejoin the team is on game day against the Vikings.

Detroit is 3-4 on the season, which is third place in the NFC North standings. They are coming off a blowout loss at home against the Indianapolis Colts.

If Stafford isn’t able to play for the Lions against the Vikings, veteran Chase Daniel will start at quarterback. He played for the Chicago Bears the last two seasons.

Stafford has thrown for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions on the season for the Lions. Detroit fans are praying he’ll be able to play against the Vikings.