DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has examined constructive for COVID-19 and can be unavailable for Sunday’s regular-season finale towards the Buffalo Bills, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
He was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Thursday afternoon, the crew introduced.
The Dolphins and the NFL have performed preliminary contact tracing with no high-risk shut contacts decided as of Thursday afternoon, a supply informed ESPN, however that course of will proceed. Fitzpatrick practiced totally Wednesday and wasn’t listed on the damage report, however he did not follow Thursday afternoon, indicating that the constructive COVID-19 check was a current shock.
Dolphins security Eric Rowe stated that coach Brian Flores knowledgeable the crew about Fitzpatrick’s standing throughout a Zoom assembly.
“It hurts. He is a frontrunner on our crew. He brings vitality,” Rowe stated. “I am positive it is worse for him as a result of he loves the sport and nobody needs to catch COVID. With that, you must push ahead.
“COVID is a real-deal factor whether or not you do not have signs otherwise you do. Simply praying he would not have signs or he did not move it to his children.”
Rookie Tua Tagovailoa is the Dolphins’ beginning quarterback, however Fitzpatrick has been referred to as on twice within the fourth quarter to play what Flores in comparison with a “ninth-inning reliever” position. Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to a 26-25 comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday after a 34-yard heave coupled with a 15-yard face masks penalty arrange the game-winning area aim.
The Dolphins signed Jake Rudock to the 53-man roster Thursday, and he’s anticipated to be Tagovailoa’s backup Sunday. Tagovailoa, Rudock and follow squad quarterback Reid Sinnett practiced totally Thursday.
NFL Community first reported Fitzpatrick’s constructive check.
The Dolphins would clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Payments. They might nonetheless make the playoffs with a loss however would wish a loss from both the Cleveland Browns (vs. a Steelers crew resting key starters), Indianapolis Colts (vs. Jaguars) or Baltimore Ravens (vs. Bengals). The Payments, who’ve clinched the AFC East however can earn the No. 2 (vs. No. 3) seed primarily based on Week 17 outcomes, have been coy on whether or not they’ll play their starters.
Fitzpatrick, who has by no means made the playoffs in his 16-year profession, may very well be in jeopardy of lacking the Dolphins’ first playoff recreation in the event that they make it. Any asymptomatic participant who assessments constructive for COVID-19 should wait not less than 10 days earlier than rejoining the crew.
Meaning the earliest Fitzpatrick may return to the crew is Sunday, Jan. 10, and provided that he travels individually from the crew by way of personal transportation to take part within the recreation. There can be three playoff video games on Saturday and three on Sunday for wild-card weekend this season.
Fitzpatrick, 38, is 4-Three as a starter this season, throwing for two,091 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.