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Matthew Stafford placed on Covid-19 IR in Week 9, could return same week

Lions QB not at practice to start the week.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passes the ball during the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Stafford is on the Covid-19 IR due to being a “high-risk, close contact,” per Adam Schefter. He reportedly had his last contact on Monday, which would make him eligible to come off the list Sunday to play the Vikings if he tests negative.

UPDATE: The Lions have placed Stafford on the Covid-19 injured reserve list. The list is for players who test positive OR are in close contact with someone who tested positive. The Lions did not announce which of the two it is.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn’t at practice on Wednesday, per The Athletic’s Chris Burke. Burke reports that Chase Daniel and David Blough were splitting reps in his place. The reason for his absence is unknown at this time.

Stafford is coming off one of his best statistical games of the season, as he threw for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in their loss to the Colts. It wasn’t his best game of the season, but it was his best fantasy game.

If Stafford’s absence is something that won’t affect his status in Week 9, he does get a good matchup with a poor Vikings pass defense. But, the Lions will reportedly be without Kenny Golladay this week, which hurts Stafford’s fantasy upside until Golladay can return from his hip injury.