Matthew Stafford added to COVID-19 list

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws against the New York Giants during an NFL football game in Detroit Sunday Oct. 27 2019

Detroit Lions DT John Atkins opts out of 2020 NFL season

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The list is for players who have either tested positive or have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive. The reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.

One of the NFL's standout quarterbacks is now on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

In their first week of training camp, the Detroit Lions went through three rounds of coronavirus tests and, if those were negative, physical exams. Everyone here at Touchdown Wire wishes the Stafford family good health and nothing but the best going forward. Per NFL-NFLPA policy, teams do not comment on a players' medical status. He and his wife Kelly have a newborn child at home, and Kelly underwent surgery a year ago for acoustic neuroma, a slow-growing tumor on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. Hockenson also hit the reserve group earlier this week.

Atkins appeared in 12 games for the Lions last season.

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

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