This has the potential to be a huge blow for the Dolphins. They need a win in Week 17 vs. the Bills to guarantee themselves a playoff spot, but Fitzpatrick will not be available after testing positive for COVID-19. He came off the bench to bail out the Dolphins last week vs. the Raiders, and he engineered a game-winning drive despite getting the ball with just 19 seconds left and no timeouts.
The Dolphins will not have the luxury of using Fitzpatrick as a closer this week, but at least Tua Tagovailoa will be in the lineup. He was not deemed a “close contact” of Fitzpatrick, so he will not be forced to quarantine for the mandatory five days. That means the Dolphins at least avoided the disaster scenario of having both of their top quarterbacks out of the lineup in a must-win game.
The Dolphins are currently listed as three-point road underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook, but it will be interesting to see if that line moves following the Fitzpatrick news. A backup quarterback being out of the lineup would typically have no impact on the spread, but Fitzpatrick might be the exception.
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