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This pandemic has been rough for most of us. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford understands that, but it didn’t make his week any less difficult. 

It wasn’t having to be away from the team all week after a close contact tested positive for the virus. The Lions found ways to work around that, and with 12 years of NFL experience, missing three days of practice reps was never going to be a problem for Stafford. 

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn, AP)

But having to be isolated away from his family, away from a wife and four young children he adores, it was clear talking to the quarterback after the team’s 34-20 loss to the Vikings, that the