Davy, Fla. – Miami Dolphins veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, a source confirmed to ESPN.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Dolphins and the NFL have conducted initial contact tracing without any high-risk close contacts, a source told ESPN, but that process will continue. Fitzpatrick did full practice on Wednesday and was not listed in the injury report, but he did not practice on Thursday afternoon, indicating that the positive COVID-19 test was a recent surprise.
Rookie Tua Tagoviloa is the Dolphins’ starting quarterback, but in the fourth quarter Fitzpatrick has been called up twice to play coach Brian Flores in a “ninth-inning reliever” role. Fitzpatrick gave the Dolphins a 26-25 comeback on Saturday after hitting the Las Vegas Riders on Saturday with a 34-yard have and a 15-yard face mask penalty to target the game-winning field.
The Dolphins signed Jack Rudd for the 53-man roster on Thursday, and he is expected to back up TagoVilla on Sunday. Tagoviloa, Rudock and the practice team quarterback Reed Senate practiced in full on Thursday.
The NFL Network first reported a positive test of the Fitzpat pat trick.
The Dolphins will earn a playoff berth by winning the bills. They still managed to make the loss with a loss, but need to come from the Cleveland Browns (vs. Steelers team, whose starting starters), the Indianapolis Colts (vs. Jaguars) or the Baltimore Ravens (vs. Bengals). BL, who got the AFC East, but could get the No. 2 or No. 3 seed depending on the results of Week 17, is looking at whether they will play their starting role.
Fitzpatrick Trick, 38, is 4-3 as a starter this season, throwing in 2,091 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.