Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Barry Sanders tests positive for COVID-19, is asymptomatic

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Even Barry Sanders couldn't outrun COVID-19.

The Hall of Fame running back announced Friday morning on Twitter that he has tested positive for the coronavirus despite being "double vaccinated" and routinely wearing a mask.

"I tested positive for COVID," Sanders wrote on the social media site. "I don't have any symptoms, but am staying in until I get the green light from the Docs."

Sanders, who ranks fourth on the NFL's all-time rushing list after running for 15,269 yards in his 10-year career with the Detroit Lions, told the Free Press last spring that he was adhering to social distancing measures and washing his hands more because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The 53-year-old has made regular appearances at Lions events in recent years as a paid ambassador for the team.

He said on Twitter he will be "ready to go" for the Lions' regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.

All Lions coaches and more than 90% of their players have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but the team still has placed three players on the reserve/COVID list this summer: Offensive lineman Evan Heim, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and defensive tackle Nick Williams.

Heim, who tested positive for COVID when he reported for training camp, said he is fully vaccinated. Williams was removed from the reserve/COVID list on Thursday, and Reeves-Maybin was activated last week.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Barry Sanders tests positive for COVID-19, is asymptomatic