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Matthew Stafford has been placed on the Lions’ reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced on Wednesday, leaving the quarterback’s status for Sunday’s game against the Vikings in jeopardy. If Stafford was placed on the list because of a high-risk close contact, it will depend on when the contact occurred, as there is a mandatory five-day isolation, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero

If Stafford can’t play, Chase Daniel, an 11-year veteran, is in line to start for the Lions. In 65 career games, the 34-year-old Daniel has completed 68.3% of his passes for 1,430 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Daniel, who has yet to appear in a regular season game with the Lions, is 2-3 as a starting quarterback in the NFL. 

Stafford, who missed the final nine games of the 2019 season due to an injury, is completing 61.3% of his passes with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions through seven games. The Lions, at 3-4, are currently 1.5 games behind the Rams for the seventh and final spot in the NFC playoffs. 

On Sunday, the Lions will face a 2-5 Vikings team that is 29th in the NFL in points allowed, 30th in passing yards allowed, fifth in third zone efficiency and eighth in red zone efficiency. 


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