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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford starred at Georgia before he became a franchise player in the NFL.

Former Georgia football stars Matt Stafford, Isaac Nauta sidelined by COVID-19

Matt Stafford’s comeback attempt will have to wait a bit longer, per a recent MLive.com report.

The former Georgia star and current Detroit Lions quarterback was placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list this weekend, meaning he he tested positive or recently came into close contact with someone else who has the coronavirus.


Former Bulldogs’ tight end and teammate Isaac Nauta is also on the list from the Lions, which dictates a minimum 10 days away from the team or two negative tests within a 24-hour span no less than five days after the positive test for asymptomatic players.

The NFL Network reported Stafford, the eighth Detroit player on the list, is believed to be asymptomatic.

Former Georgia offensive lineman and Tennessee Titans’ first-round pick Isaiah Wilson was placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list earlier this summer.

Stafford missed the final eight games of the 2019 season after suffering broken bones in his back last November. He was leading the NFL with 2,499 passing yards and the time of his injury.

Many Georgia fans figured to tune into Lions’ games this season to support Stafford as he begins his 12th NFL season.

The delay of the SEC season, recently pushed back to Sept. 26, figured to amplify the number of Bulldogs’ fans’ converted to Detroit Lions fans.

In addition to Stafford and Nauta, the Detroit franchise features 2020 second-round NFL Draft pick D’Andre Swift and former Bulldogs’ defensive line standout John Atkins.

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Atkins, however, has chosen to opt-out of the 2020 season.

The Lions have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus with veteran receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerbacks Justin Coleman and Amani Oruwariye also on the COVID-19 list.

MLive.com reports Detroit’s first practice is scheduled for Aug. 12, and the first contact practice is Aug. 17.

Detroit is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 13 with a home game against Chicago.

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