Detroit Lions DT John Atkins opts out of 2020 National Football League season

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2020

Stafford was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Lions, according to the league's transactions report Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.

The exact reason why Stafford was placed on the list was not revealed; however, the label is given to any player who tests positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus.

Atkins becomes the first player on the Lions to opt out due to COVID-19 concerns.

One of the NFL's standout quarterbacks is now on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Being on the list means a player has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has the virus. He and his wife Kelly have a newborn child at home, and Kelly underwent surgery previous year for acoustic neuroma, a slow-growing tumor on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain.

Stafford can be activated off the list once he receives medical clearance, which entails passing NFL/NFL Players Association treatment and protocols.

Stafford played every game for the Lions from 2011-18, but back and hip injuries caught up with him and he missed half of last season. The Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991.

The New York Jets lost linebacker C.J. Mosley to the opt out list, another blow to the defensive side after the team traded safety Jamal Adams to Seattle last weekend.

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