The Dolphins activated Fitzpatrick (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Considering the timing of this transaction, Fitzpatrick likely would have been unavailable in the wild-card round if the Dolphins had netted one of three wild-card spots in the AFC part of the postseason bracket. In his age-38 season, he played well when called upon, logging time in nine games and starting seven of them on his way to 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 69 percent passing. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, but considering his efforts and Tua Tagovailoa's struggles at times as a rookie, Miami may seek to bring back Fitzpatrick as a mentor for the young QB and as a proven commodity at the position.
The Dolphins placed Fitzpatrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday after practicing in full Wednesday, an indication that his positive result came as a surprise for the Dolphins. The team signed Jake Rudock to replace him as the No. 2 option behind Tua Tagovailoa for Sunday's game against the Bills. Cameron Wolfe of ESPN notes that Fitzpatrick could be in jeopardy of missing Miami's first playoff game should the team earn a postseason berth, due to the timetable required for him to garner full clearance.
Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Assuming the Dolphins confirm Fitzpatrick's positive test result, he'll be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Miami will add Jake Rudock to its 53-man roster to serve as Tua Tagovailoa's backup Week 17.
Fitzpatrick (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. It's unclear why Fitzpatrick missed practice Thursday, but the QB practiced Wednesday, so Wolfe indicates that it doesn't appear to be injury-related. If he's available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Fitzpatrick -- who finished up Miami's Week 16 win over the Raiders -- is slated to back up Tua Tagovailoa.
Fitzpatrick entered Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders in the fourth quarter, completing nine of 13 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick took over for a timid Tua Tagovailoa (17-of-22 for just 94 yards) midway through the fourth quarter, and the veteran immediately displayed his signature tendency to push the ball downfield. His first drive led the Dolphins to a field goal, while his second resulted in a touchdown courtesy of a 59-yard sideline catch by Myles Gaskin. Dolphins fans will most remember Fitzpatrick's third and final drive of the night, however. The savvy veteran got the ball back with just 19 seconds remaining and Miami down two points, and he immediately connected with Mack Hollins on a deep shot to set up the game-winning field goal while simultaneously drawing a facemask penalty. According to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald, coach Brian Flores announced Tagovailoa will start Week 17 against the Bills, though he could have a short leash with the Dolphins attempting to secure a playoff spot.
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