Potentially big news just broke in the AFC playoff race. NFL Network is reporting that Ryan Fitzpatrick will miss the Miami Dolphins’ Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills after testing positive for COVID-19:
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2020
While Dolphins head coach Brian Flores had announced that Tua Tagovailoa would be the starter on Sunday, Fitzpatrick has honestly played better this year. It would have not been astonishing to see Flores switch from Tagovailoa to Fitzpatrick mid-game, as he did against the Raiders last week and against the Broncos earlier this season.
We will have to see if there are any contact tracing implications in this news. There could also be issues for Miami’s first playoff game, depending on the timing of all this.
If you need a refresher, here are the playoff scenarios for the final seeds in the AFC:
Here are all the AFC playoff scenarios in one place. pic.twitter.com/6a95NreXpk
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 29, 2020
While remote, there does still exist a chance that the Dolphins could miss the playoffs if the Bills, Browns, Ravens, Titans, and Colts all win this week.