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Breaking down Detroit Lions roster ramifications of COVID-19 moves

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We look at the impact early injury and COVID-19 news has had on the Lions roster.

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The Detroit Lions are already one of the hardest teams hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. While only two players—defensive tackle John Atkins and wide receiver Geronimo Allison—have opted out, the Lions still have seven players listed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With most of those players, it’s still unclear of their current health situation. They may have tested positive, or they may have simply been in close proximity with someone who has the virus. They may be asymptomatic or they may have developed symptoms.

There are a lot of unknowns right now, including the biggest unknown: is this nation capable of handling an NFL season safely right now?

This week on the PODcast, we try to answer as many questions as possible. Is there reason to be concern about Matthew Stafford’s status for 2020? How will the opt outs of Atkins and Allison affect training camp battles. And how concerned should we be about the injuries that put Austin Bryant on the Physically Unable to Perform list and Romeo Okwara on the Non-Football Injury list?

Plus, myself, Jerry and Ryan all take some time to remember Jamie Samuelsen and the positive impact he leaves on Detroit media.

Listen to the PODcast here or on your favorite podcast platform.

Note: Unfortunately, our recording software recognized the wrong microphone for myself during the podcast, and no one noticed until the end. As a result, my audio is significantly worse than in normal episodes. I messed up. I’m sorry.