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

Posted at 3:54 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 16:05:44-04

Matthew Stafford is back on the active roster after receiving a false-positive COVID-19 test result.

According to an official statement from the Detroit Lions, Stafford received three negative tests as part of the protocols to ensure that he is not infected.

The Lions say he has never had COVID-19 and his family has all tested negative for the virus.


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.