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Miami Dolphins receiver Jaylen Waddle added to COVID-19 list, bringing team's total to five

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The Dolphins' COVID-19 situation turned worse Thursday when top receiver Jaylen Waddle was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, bringing the total number of cases to five.

The Dolphins already were without another standout rookie in safety Jevon Holland, plus running backs Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Phillip Lindsay. The reserve/COVID list is for players who test positive or, for unvaccinated players, have been exposed to someone who has.

Vaccinated players can return by passing two COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart, so it's conceivable some could be available for Sunday's game against the visiting New York Jets.

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) does the Waddle waddle after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) does the Waddle waddle after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Waddle leads the Dolphins with 86 receptions for 849 yards. He's averaging 9.9 yards per reception and has four touchdowns. His yardage total is already a Dolphins rookie record.

The wide receiver with the next-highest yardage total is DeVante Parker (30 receptions for 349 yards).

The news comes as the Dolphins voluntarily are ramping up protocols to prevent the number from rising even more, although the team has not been placed in league-mandated enhanced protocols along with seven other teams.

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Miami Dolphins place top WR Jaylen Waddle on COVID list