QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/8/20 4:55 PM

Stafford was cleared from a possible concussion following Sunday's 34-20 loss at Minnesota, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
On a fourth-quarter sack, Stafford's head hit the leg of a Vikings defender, and an official immediately directed him to the sideline, where he was evaluated in the blue tent before going to the locker room. Fortunately for Stafford, he's avoided a sour end to his ordeal from this week, in which he had another false COVID-19 positive and just barely got through the league-mandated protocols in order to play Week 9. Before his departure, he only managed 23-for-32 passing for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His next challenge comes next Sunday against the Washington Football Team.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/8/20 3:37 PM

Stafford was evaluated in the sideline tent before going to the locker room after his head hit the leg of a Vikings defender during Sunday's game at Minnesota, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was sacked on the play, and afterward officials directed him to the sideline to undergo testing. After his departure, the Lions confirmed that he's being examined for a concussion, which would place him in the protocol for head injuries if he's diagnosed with one. If he's unable to reenter the contest, Stafford will end Week 9 having completed 23 of 32 passes for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/8/20 9:01 AM

Stafford will start Sunday's game against the Vikings after testing negative for COVID-19 earlier in the day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after recently coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, resulting in him in missing the Lions' entire week of practices while in self-isolation. The quarterback has continued to test negative since landing on the list, and he was still able to participate in virtual meetings with the Lions this week even though he wasn't at the practice facility. After being activated from the list Saturday and flying separate from the team to Minneapolis, Stafford is now able to rejoin the team after testing negative one final time. The lack of on-field prep time leading up to Sunday's game is less than ideal for Stafford, but he should make for a serviceable fantasy option while facing off against a suspect Minnesota pass defense that's missing three of its top four cornerbacks (Cameron Dantzler, Holton Hill and Mike Hughes).

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/8/20 12:21 AM

Stafford must pass a final round of COVID-19 testing before being cleared to play Sunday at Minnesota, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 32-year-old was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the day after landing on the list earlier in the week, but he's still awaiting full clearance to play Week 9. Stafford landed on the COVID-19 list earlier in the week, but a negative test result Sunday morning would allow him to return without missing a game. Chase Daniel lines up to start for the Lions in the off chance Stafford is unavailable for the divisional matchup.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sat 11/7/20 4:11 PM

Stafford was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.
EDGE Analysis
It's worth reiterating Stafford still must pass one more round of tests to be able to play Sunday, but all signs seem to be pointing in a positive direction. Expect results regarding the final COVID-19 test to come sometime Sunday morning, which could potentially make the veteran quarterback eligible to start in the divisional matchup against the Vikings.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Thu 11/5/20 2:59 PM

Stafford's wife, Kelly, said Thursday in a story on her personal Instagram account that the quarterback and the rest of his family has remained COVID-19 negative through two rounds of testing.
EDGE Analysis
The Lions placed Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, but his wife's comments indicate that the quarterback didn't test positive for the coronavirus and was instead deemed a high-risk contact of someone who did. Because he was placed on the list, Stafford still won't be eligible for activation until Sunday, assuming he continues to test negative in each of the upcoming days. That theoretically leaves the door open for Stafford to start Sunday's game in Minnesota, in which case the Lions would have to arrange private travel for him. Additionally, since Stafford is only able to take part in virtual meetings this week rather than appearing in practice, fantasy managers may justifiably have some reservations about using him, despite a favorable matchup versus one of the NFL's worst pass defenses. Chase Daniel would draw the Week 9 start if the Lions elect to delay Stafford's activation until after Sunday.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Wed 11/4/20 4:40 PM

Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday because he is considered a "high-risk, close contact," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. He could be eligible to play Sunday against the Vikings if he remains asymptomatic and tests negative for the coronavirus for five consecutive days.
EDGE Analysis
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Stafford's last contact with an infected individual came Monday, so he could have just enough time to gain clearance for the Week 9 matchup in a best-case scenario. That said, Stafford won't be able to practice at any point this week, so the Lions will dole out the quarterback reps to both Chase Daniel and David Blough this week. Daniel would be the likely favorite to start in Minnesota if Stafford doesn't gain clearance to play.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Wed 11/4/20 4:11 PM

The Lions placed Stafford (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
The transaction indicates that Stafford has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has come into close proximity with someone who has. The veteran's absence at practice Wednesday leaves Chase Daniel and David Blough in position to split reps at quarterback, and Daniel would likely be the favorite to start Sunday in Minnesota if Stafford is forced to miss the contest.

QMatthew Stafford
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Wed 11/4/20 2:16 PM

Stafford isn't present for Wednesday's practice, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford has played every offensive snap for Detroit this season, and he hasn't been listed on the injury report at any point. That could change later Wednesday when Detroit releases its first Week 9 report, though it's possible he was excused from practice for non-injury reasons. Whatever the case, Chase Daniel and David Blough are splitting quarterback reps during Wednesday's practice.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/1/20 5:04 PM

Stafford completed 24 of 42 passes for 336 yards, three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 41-21 loss to Indianapolis. He also rushed once for 10 yards and lost a fumble.
EDGE Analysis
Failing to overcome a stagnant running game against a tough Colts defense, Stafford came through in the stat sheet but he did not have a good game in reality. The veteran seemingly missed a number of completable passes and his two turnovers - a fumble and a pick-six -- combined with an injury to top receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) to prevent Detroit from getting out of an early hole. Fortunately for the entire Lions offense, Week 9 brings a get-right matchup against a porous Minnesota defense that allowed the third-most yards per pass attempt leaguewide (8.5) before suffering numerous injuries in the secondary during Sunday's game against Green Bay.