Matthew Stafford’s false positive start to NFL mess


Nobody said it was going to be easy. Nobody said it was going to go away completely.

If you want the NFL back, this is what you’re going to deal with – a big revolving mess of a season. This includes the occasional false positive test, including games that can significantly affect sports, not to mention completely changing the personal lives of all involved.

First, the good news: Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford does not have a coronavirus.

An NFL-administered test over the weekend said he did. As a result, the Lions listed Stafford on the “Reserve / COVID-19” list. Then, further tests came negative, and Stafford, who had never exhibited symptoms, was determined to be a victim of a false positive.

“To be clear, Matthew does not have COVID-19 and never COVID-19 and the test in question was a false-positive,” the team said in a statement. “Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.”

that’s good news.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a false positive COVID-19 test that landed him on the NFL’s new “reserve / COVID-19” list. This is the beginning of a gutted 2020 NFL season. (Leon Halip / Getty Images)

Even better, in this case, it was during the start of training camp and not in the middle of the season when confusion could arise that would make their most important player, Detroit, for a significant game (more on that later) .

Bad news is everything.

Stafford is a big name, but it was not a big deal because the NFL season doesn’t start until September. However, it was a major development for him and his wife Kelly, who underwent brain surgery and their four young children in 2019.

Kelly Stafford details ‘some nightmare’ after false positives

Kelly Stafford took to Instagram on Tuesday to declare “some nightmare”.

It was not just understandable fear, or even the fact that Matthew, and everyone else in the family, needed to be tested again and again. It also included the fact that even after it was determined by the NFL that it was a false positive, information clarifying the staff was made public.

“Our school told us they were not allowed back,” Kelly Stafford wrote. “I was approached at a grocery store and told I was endangering others,” my children were harassed and kicked out of the playground, I was told that the food I need to wait in my car while trying to pick up, and the people closest to us had to test so they could go back to work. “

Kelly Stafford said she did not blame the people who reacted. This makes sense because they had read about a positive and were concerned about the spread. However, he ripped the NFL.

“These are the lives and livelihoods of people who are in those results in the THEIR test sites,” she wrote. “Maybe we have someone positive who has COVID before releasing that information to the world.”

Kyle Stafford’s frustrations are understandable, but whatever the look of the 2020 NFL season, this is the new normal.

The test will always be incomplete. It is also necessary. False positives may be ineligible, but they do occur. It’s not that the NFL wants them to happen. Hopefully, the test will continue to improve.

These are the protocols and systems that set it up, and every player who likes to play this year knew when he made that decision. There are many, many benefits (including many, many dollars) that come with being a bold-named NFL star. This is one of the negatives.

If you want to try to play in 2020, here is the deal.

NFL’s process of reporting coronovirus cases

Maybe the NFL does not need to immediately release the names of positive tests during training camp, but once the season starts, it does. The NFL has long had teams exposed injuries during the season – both for competitive and gambling reasons. It’s one thing to prepare for the Lions if Stafford is going to be the quarterback, only to find out he doesn’t practice all week due to a broken ankle … or a virus.

However, false positives will (and can) erase all of that.

What if Stafford had been excluded for four days with COVID-19 replaced as an opponent for the Lions, only to make him available on Sunday? The NFL requires injuries on a sliding scale.

During the week, teams must tell if a player is “out” (meaning they will not play that week) or one of three distinctions when it comes into practice: no participation, limited participation and full participation. . Additionally, the team has a limit for injury reports: outside, suspicious, suspicious and probable.

At least the opponents (and gamblers) have some indication of the time to come, although a lot of complaints have been reported over the years about the accuracy of the ratings.

What do you do about false positives? In this case, Stafford would have been “out” only to be “abrupt”.

And what about if it was a late-week trial where Stafford could be forced to miss a game that could set a playoff bid, only to find out later it was nothing Was it? What if it happens during playoffs or even the Super Bowl?

Not good Also a total nightmare. However, what is the alternative?

It is 2020, you cannot let the right be the enemy of progress because perfection is not attainable, even by an NFL who does not like to give up anything to give a chance.

This whole year seems like a false positive, football included.

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