ALLEN PARK — Barry Sanders says he has tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated, wearing face coverings and “taking all the precautions I could.”
The legendary Lions running back says he plans to be ready for the team’s Week 1 game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field.
“Despite being double vaccinated, wearing a mask, and taking all the precautions I could… I tested positive for COVID,” Sanders tweeted. “I don’t have any symptoms, but am staying in until I get the green light from the Docs. I will be ready to go for @49ers on 9/12.”
The team’s official Twitter account was quick to reply with a “Get Well. We’ll see you soon.”
Sanders, the NFL’s fourth all-time leading rusher, has made regular appearances at Lions games in previous years. He’s an official ambassador of the franchise, for those wondering what he means by “ready to go” for the season opener.
Michigan ranks 48th among states based on new cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days, averaging more than 1,300 new confirmed cases each day. For more information on COVID-19 in Michigan, click here.
The Lions recently activated defensive tackle Nick Williams from the NFL’s COVID reserve list. Offensive lineman Evan Heim and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin are the other two Lions players that have also been somewhat recently activated from the COVID list. The entire Detroit Lions coaching staff has been vaccinated, with at least 90% of players joining them.