Latest: Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa cleared to play vs. Bills

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The Miami Dolphins were given a scare on Thursday ahead of their important meeting with the Buffalo Bills in Week 17 via quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Dolphins (10-5) must win in order to advance to the postseason. The Bills (12-3) have locked a spot, but still have a little to play for.

But Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19. Throughout the 2020 season and even just last week, Fitzpatrick has taken over for rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa and led Miami to victory. But he won’t have the opportunity now as he has been ruled out because of the test result.

Still, the Dolphins weren’t in the clear yet. Because of contact tracing, Tagovailoa could have still found himself out for the season finale as a safety precaution. However, we have an update. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Tagovailoa did not identify as a high-risk close contact with Fitzpatrick and as of now will suit up on Sunday against Buffalo, which will be his first-career game against the Bills.

For more information, check out initial coverage on the COVID-19 news out of South Beach:

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