Ryan Fitzpatrick tests positive for COVID-19

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If the Dolphins are going to the playoffs, they need Tua Tagovailoa to lead them there.

That’s because Ryan Fitzpatrick, the quarterback who has shared time with Tagovailoa this season, has tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network reports.

Fitzpatrick did not practice today, which led to speculation that something was up with him. The Dolphins have not clarified the situation, but Fitzpatrick will presumably be placed on the league’s COVID-19 reserve list today.

If the Dolphins get to the playoffs, Fitzpatrick may be able to return in time for the wild card round. But he will not practice or play this week.

Tagovailoa was going to start Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Bills regardless, but head coach Brian Flores had said he might turn to Fitzpatrick, as he did last week in a comeback win over the Raiders. Now the Dolphins won’t have Fitzpatrick in the relief pitcher role.

Miami has also signed Jake Rudock to serve as Tagovailoa’s backup on Sunday.

47 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick tests positive for COVID-19

  1. Tua still has a QB rating over 100 with only int this season, its his game to win or lose.

    Gotta take off the QB training wheels at some point, none better than now!

  2. It’s a battle between the dolphins and the Browns to see who can have the most tragic end to the season

  3. The Dolphins didn’t have much of a chance of beating Buffalo even with Fitz. Now that they don’t have him to help Tua, I see no way that Miami gets to the playoffs.

  4. How could Tua NOT be/have been in close proximity to Fitz? Every time you see one you see the other, except on the field. Will be interesting if Tua doesn’t tested “positive” too.

  5. The team entering the playoffs with the best regular season COVID record will ‘win” the Super Bowl…….

  6. Even though Fitzpatrick ultimately didn’t work out in Buffalo, and I believe Josh Allen is ultimately a significantly better QB overall, I did enjoy his time in Buffalo and always felt that, good or bad, he played with ALL the heart he had and truly wanted the team to succeed. Wish him the best in his recovery.

  7. Tua should be out too per NFL protocol for being around Fitzpatrick like they did with DeForest of the Colts who was just around someone who had it and didn’t test positive. Of course the NFL has made it a point to screw over the Colts in multiple games this year by the refs and by this covid protocol while other teams do whatever they want.

  8. At this point I dont understand why these guys arent boarding themselves up in their hotel rooms. Your family is still going to be there after the season is over.

  9. I can’t wait to hear how Steelers fans will whine about how this negatively affects their chances.

  10. Josh Allen is an all pro level for two reasons. He played earlier than he should have and saw what he needed to work in. He also works his but off to improve and he wants to be great.

    Can’t keep.pulling tua. He needs to learn as he goes. Once you decided to let him play, you need to kee him in. Regardless of his numbers, he’s not winning games. He’s also not losing them so let him play. This is good for tua ( sympathies to fitz of course). The bills wrote the book on qb development with Allen so Miami may want to take notice and if tua has the heart that Allen does, he will become very good.

  11. The NFL better contact trace the entire team like they did to Denver. No exceptions. Not even for playoff money.

  12. Fitz outwith As the old saying goes “Finns have only two chances Slim and none” Now with Fitz out its “None.

  13. Tua and Russ Wilsons stats thru first 8 games are nearly identical. Tua happens to be in an ideal situation with a vet who can still ball.

    Fins 38 Bills 13

  14. MortimerInMiami says:
    December 31, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    Tua still has a QB rating over 100 with only int this season, its his game to win or lose.

    Gotta take off the QB training wheels at some point, none better than now

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    Not very hard to not throw many INT’s when you throw 3 yards downfield….

  15. allinforallen says:
    December 31, 2020 at 1:43 pm
    How could Tua NOT be/have been in close proximity to Fitz? Every time you see one you see the other, except on the field. Will be interesting if Tua doesn’t tested “positive” too.

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    I don’t think it matters during the game. You see players and coaches close to each other all the time. It must be the contact tracers in the locker room and meeting rooms indoors. If you were close to a positive in that environment, than you are a close contact. I could be wrong, but this would have benched Pat Mahomes after hugging Stephon Gilmore

  16. Didnt see anything that said or have seen any thing it’s all speculation. But either way time to prove what you got Tua. Sounds like gambling odds dont like the 1-2 Qb punch. So there going to rig another part of the game to make sure dolphins aren’t going to the top.

  17. footballinla says:
    Somewhere Bill Belicheck is smiling
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    Bill Belichick has produced more sustained success than any coach in NFL history. But his current New England Patriots are a hot mess, aren’t going to the playoffs, and are no lock to beat the Jets this weekend.
    If Belichick is paying more attention to what goes on outside his team, or smiling at anyone else’s misfortune, as opposed to concentrating on is his own terrible quarterback situation and a sub-.500 record, then he’s a small, petty man.

  18. Um….how does contract tracing work? Are we expected to believe Tua wasn’t around Fitz in the last couple of days?

  19. jamaltimore says:
    December 31, 2020 at 2:46 pm
    Tua in the snow gonna be ugly.

    Except there is no snow predicted for the game.

  20. That is bad news for Miami and actually Fitz.
    He may of had a chance at his very 1st playoff game and then this!!!
    As a die hard Miami fan this hurts. They will have to be very lucky to win this game.

  21. Tua will also be a star in the NFL. He just needs to adjust more and have the OC call the game that best suits him.

  22. curmudgeon13 says:
    December 31, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    The team entering the playoffs with the best regular season COVID record will ‘win” the Super Bowl…….

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    You heard it here first, Seahawks “win” the Super Bowl!

  23. open that play book up CHAN!!!! If Tua can get the game plan like at Arizona we wont have any issues. If its clock management crap which it has been… then we cant catch up.

  24. LamarJacksonisElite says:
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    No Fitzmagic, no problem! Tua can definitely win against Buffalo’s backups.

    If Tua doesn’t, it will not bode well for his off-season respect – having been pulled so a career back-up can win games and having essentially a playoff game against a back-up squad – if he can’t win those games, you have to start wondering about Tua, about drafting him, or about playing him. He’s a good kid, but may be getting rushed.

  25. SmokingJoe says:
    December 31, 2020 at 2:18 pm
    I can’t wait to hear how Steelers fans will whine about how this negatively affects their chances.
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    I don’t know about that but I do know this, the Steelers got robbed of their bye week for another teams covid problems, there isn’t another team in the NFL that can say that!

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