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Could the Dolphins quarantine Fitzpatrick, Tagovailoa or Rosen? Flores has looked into it.

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

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Could the Miami Dolphins banish one of their three quarterbacks away from teammates, or the team facility altogether, to ensure the team will not be in a bind if the other quarterbacks come down with COVID-19?

It's been a topic floated around NFL teams since the start of training camps, which have tried to avoid the coronavirus with health and safety precautions in place for players, coaches and other team staff members at team facilities.

No NFL team wants to be in the situation where their starting quarterback and/or backup either tests positive for COVID-19 or encounter someone who has a day or two before a game. Such an ordeal could cost a team a valuable game during a season that has already been affected by virus and pandemic.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores says the team has discussed the possibility of quarantining either Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen or Tua Tagovailoa. But Flores believes the team's schedule, which has players only convening during walk throughs and practices with Zoom virtual calls used for team meetings, is a good system in place for now.

"We have looked into really every possible scenario, that being one of them," Flores said of the potential to quarantine any of his quarterbacks during a video conference interview on Monday.

"Look, a lot of our meetings are Zoom right now. So, everyone is in a quarantine. But in a lot of ways it takes care of itself. We've thought about that. We've talked about that scenario as well as a plethora of other scenarios. So I think we have a plan in place that we feel good about."

 

The Dolphins' quarterback protocol could change either during the leadup or when their season officially begins on Sept. 13 on the road against the New England Patriots.

Such a scenario could also depend on the health of Tagovailoa, the Dolphins' rookie whose return from a hip injury will continue to be the team's top storyline during the 2020 season.

If Tagovailoa is the team's top backup or quarantined quarterback, he would have to be healthy enough to play if the team's starter gets hurt during a game or two quarterbacks are affected somehow by COVID-19 before a game.

Fitzpatrick may be the least likely candidate to be the Dolphins' quarantined quarterback because his leadership and expertise knowing the team's new offense, after working five years previously with new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, could help other Dolphins players on the field during games.

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