Matthew Stafford is back with his Detroit Lions teammates and coaches. Turns out, he never had COVID-19, according to the Lions.
The veteran quarterback registered a false-positive test late last week, and was placed on the Lions’ reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. He officially was moved back to the active list on Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement the Lions explained why:
“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.”
False-positive COVID-19 tests are rare, but do happen. As an example, Public Health Ontario said that as of May 23 false-positives had been registered on only about 20 of 228,000 tests (0.0088%) done in the province to that point.