Matthew Stafford COVID testing fiasco forces change in NFL protocols

The false positive test for COVID-19 for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has resulted in a change in NFL policy to avoid a future fiasco.

The League announced that if an asymptomatic player tests positive for the first time and following a 24 mandated quarantine, he can be cleared as soon as 24 hours later following two separate negative tests.

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The following press release was sent out to address the situation and changes:

Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford

The NFL made the right call with this one.

BONUS CONTENT: Matt Prater believes he can win free beer for Detroit

There hasn't been very much good news for sports fans in 2020, and Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater wants to do something about it.

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Last month, Prater and Denver Broncos punter Brandon McManus collaborated with Bud Light to win their respective city free beer if they were to nail a record breaking field goal. And Prater thinks he's the man for the job, despite entering his 15th year in the NFL.

“I definitely think I could,” he said in a Zoom call with reporters. “I feel really good this year going into it. I feel like I’m in better shape. I feel better, my leg feels really fresh right now.

Prater already holds the record for longest field goal kicked in the NFL, and also holds the Lions team record for doing so. So what's one more? It's definitely possible despite getting up there in age for an NFL player – it's about the opportunity presented.

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“It’s like anything else, as a kicker there’s probably a dozen guys in the league that can make a 65-yarder. It’s just getting the opportunity in an actual game and then coming through on that kick.”

“It really comes down to just making (every kick) you get the opportunity to make,” Prater said, “and hopefully we get a longer one that Denver does this year.”

We're certainly hoping that we'll be raising a cold one later in 2020 for free thanks to Prater!

– – Quotes via Carlos Monarrez of The Detroit Free Press Link – –

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