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If Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggles as he has over portions of the final month, Miami would possibly not have his backup to be had to alleviate him within the steady season finale.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has examined certain COVID-19 and can omit the regular-season finale Sunday towards the Buffalo Expenses, an individual with wisdom of the location instructed The Palm Seashore Publish. The individual asked anonymity as a result of there was no legit announcement. NFL Community used to be the primary to record the inside track.

Fitzpatrick, who has been the backup for almost all of the season, stepped in throughout final week’s recreation towards the Las Vegas Raiders after Tagovailoa used to be benched and helped lead the Dolphins to a 26-25 victory.

The Dolphins additionally signed quarterback Jake Rudock to offer intensity, according to Rudock’s agent, Mike McCartney.

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The Dolphins (10-Five) are lately the No. Five seed within the AFC playoff image, however nonetheless wish to beat the Expenses so as to clinch their postseason berth, which might be their first for the reason that 2016 season. Miami can nonetheless get in if it loses, however would wish lend a hand from different groups to make that occur.

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) shone in reduction Saturday evening in Las Vegas. (Photograph: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Fitzpatrick practiced Wednesday, however didn’t apply Thursday.

Since Fitzpatrick examined certain, the NFL’s touch tracing protocol mandates that any gamers deemed shut, high-risk contacts of Fitzpatrick self-isolate and go through further checking out.

Tagovailoa practiced Thursday, consistent with native media. He has finished 65.1% of his passes for 1,453 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions this season, however Miami’s offense has stagnated now and then with him underneath middle.

Within the recreation towards the Raiders, trainer Brian Flores benched Tagovailoa after he finished 17 of his 22 passes for best 94 yards with one landing.

In reduction, Fitzpatrick threw for 182 yards and a ranking on 9 completions, together with a 34-yard of completion to receiver Mack Hollins that helped arrange the game-winning box function.

Fitzpatrick, 38, has finished 68.Five% of his passes for two,091 yards, and 13 touchdowns with 8 interceptions in 9 video games this season.

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