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Ryan Fitzpatrick exits Miami Dolphins playoff decider vs. Buffalo Bills after COVID diagnosis |  NFL News


Ryan Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID on Thursday, NFL Network reported; Tua Tagovailoa to leave for Miami at Buffalo in the regular season finals; Dolphins to reach playoffs with win over Bills

Last updated: 12/31/20 20:28 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to a 26-25 win over the Raiders after replacing Tua Tagovailoa in Week 16

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has tested positive for COVID-19, the NFL Network reported Thursday.

Fitzpatrick didn’t practice Thursday for the Dolphins, who will have rookie Tua Tagovailoa under center three days later in their regular-season final against host Buffalo Bills.

Miami has yet to comment publicly on the reason for Fitzpatrick’s absence.

Fitzpatrick, 38, completed 183 of 267 passes for 2,091 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick exits Miami Dolphins playoff decider vs. Buffalo Bills after COVID diagnosis |  NFL News

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Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick sort of completed a deep ball while having his face masked and kicker Jason Sanders then hit the 44-yard field goal as the Dolphins edged out the Las Vegas Raiders.

Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick sort of completed a deep ball while having his face masked and kicker Jason Sanders then hit the 44-yard field goal as the Dolphins edged out the Las Vegas Raiders.

Tagovailoa, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, threw for 1,453 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in nine games this season.

Fitzpatrick relieved Tagovailoa in a 26-25 last-second victory over host Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 26, delivering a key 41-yard pass under pressure to set up the decisive basket.

Quarterback Jake Rudock was signed on Thursday and he took part in training ahead of his likely role as a Tagovailoa substitute against Buffalo.

The Dolphins (10-5) will clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Bills (12-3) in Buffalo. A loss to the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts or Baltimore Ravens would also send Miami to the playoffs for the third time since 2001.





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