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.
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.