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Kelly Stafford pleads with NFL to change policy on revealing player health information

The Stafford family had a big scare, and Kelly wants to see some change from the NFL.

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Matthew Stafford is still in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and while Matthew has been away from the public eye, his wife, Kelly, has expressed her frustrations with the situation through social media.

On Saturday morning, Kelly told a heartbreaking story about how she’s had to handle the entire family this week. With Matthew in quarantine, she is in charge of all four of the family’s children by herself. Recently, her third daughter, Hunter, apparently fell from her high chair and suffered a concussion. As medical professionals arrived, she suddenly realized she didn’t have anyone else to watch her other three children, including their youngest child, a five-month old.

“Last night it just hit me, that no one would want to help us because the entire world thought we had covid,” Kelly wrote in an Instagram post Saturday morning. “I’m just exhausted and struggling.”

Later, continuing:

“So here I was with zero family around, panicking about hunter and realizing NO neighbors would come over because everyone thought we had covid.”

Eventually she did get help from someone—she didn’t want to share the person’s identity out of fear people would think she is now infected with COVID.

However, Kelly, again, expressed her frustration with the NFL and their transparency with player injuries and illnesses—something she believes is unnecessary.

“I will never understand why the NFL players health information is released to media and the whole world.. I am honestly pleading that they stop.Players get injured.. report they are injured, but to divulge what exactly is injured seems excessive. You’re telling me the guys playing those injured players don’t go after that “injured right knee” or “injured left shoulder” please. They are all competitors, doing what it takes to win.Why not just state that they are out due to “health reasons.” That way it covers injury, illness, and everything in between.”

This isn’t the first time the Staffords have had to go through this. Back in August, Matthew produced a false positive COVID test, and it clearly took a toll on the Stafford family.

“Even after we knew it was false positive, our school told us they were not allowed back,” Kelly wrote on Instagram. “I was approached in a grocery store and told I was ‘endangering others,’ my kids were harassed and kick off a playground, I was told I needed to wait in my car when trying to pick up food, and people closest to us had to get tested just so they could go back to work.”

Her frustrations are easy to understand given the stress she and her family have gone through this year. The good news is that everyone continues to test negative according to Kelly, and it looks like Hunter is doing okay after her fall.

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Disclaimer: Huntie is ok. Concussion. I am a good mom. At least I think I am. My whole life is these kids. But I am STRUGGLING. You see, last night huntie took a spill off her high chair, right onto her head, onto a granite floor. I calmed her down, then she threw up. Calmed her down again and she starting nodding off, eyes rolling back into her head type of thing. I obviously freaked out and called 911. Paramedics arrived and they were incredible. Asked if I had anyone to come watch the rest of my kids, family or neighbors.. considering Matthew was not allowed close to us... so here I was with zero family around, panicking about hunter and realizing NO neighbors would come over because everyone thought we had covid. I will never understand why the NFL players health information is released to media and the whole world.. I am honestly pleading that they stop. Players get injured.. report they are injured, but to divulge what exactly is injured seems excessive. You’re telling me the guys playing those injured players don’t go after that “injured right knee” or “injured left shoulder” please. They are all competitors, doing what it takes to win. Why not just state that they are out due to “health reasons.” That way it covers injury, illness, and everything in between. Last night it just hit me, that no one would want to help us because the entire world thought we had covid. I’m just exhausted and struggling. I would shoutout the woman who dropped everything and came over, but I wouldn’t want the people who knew her to think she was now infected. So you know who you are and I am incredibly grateful. I am grateful we are all still negative, believe me.. but I truly just wished the nfl would understand what they do when they release info like this.. especially when there are zero positives thus far in this family. Ok, I’m done. Back to 4 on 1. One more thing, I really wanna thank the paramedics at the bloomfield township fire house. They were comforting not only my huntie, but me as I hysterically tried to figure out who would come watch my kids. Thank you.

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