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The Miami Dolphins just lost their closer with an NFL playoff spot hanging in the balance.
Ryan Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 and will be out for the Dolphins’ Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills, according to NFL Network.
Fitzpatrick, 38, began the 2020 NFL season as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback before first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa took over following the team’s Week 7 bye.
However, Fitzpatrick has made relief appearances for Tagovailoa when head coach Brian Flores has seen fit, including Sunday’s comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders. He produced some FitzMagic with a completion to Mack Hollins that set up Jason Sanders’ game-winning field goal.
Fitzpatrick, the longtime journeyman who started for the Jets in 2015 and ’16, has 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games this season.
The Dolphins (10-5) can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Bills (12-3) who won the AFC East and can secure the No. 2 seed with a win. But Buffalo could opt to rest some of their players ahead of their home playoff game.
Jake Rudock will serve as the backup for Tagovailoa, who will have to last all four quarters to get the Dolphins into the postseason.
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