Two Miami Dolphins players, including potential starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, were not with the team and missed practice on Friday.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores said both Fitzpatrick and safety Kavon Frazier were absent for personal reasons. Flores did not elaborate further on the status of both players.
“I’m not going to go into Fitz’s situation. It’s personal, and we’ll take things day to day and see where it goes,” Flores said of Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick, the team’s undisputed leader helping Miami with five games down the stretch last season, is expected to enter his 16th season in the NFL this year.
As the Dolphins began training camp in Davie in late July, Fitzpatrick left his wife Liza and seven children in Arizona to re-join the team.
While Fitzpatrick is away from the team for an indefinite period, the Dolphins will depend on quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Rosen to lead the team while evaluating others at the position.
“I think those guys are doing a good job. Rosen’s doing a good job. Tua’s doing a good job,” Flores said of his other two quarterbacks. “I think a lot of guys at a lot of positions are making some progress.”
A possible indication Fitzpatrick’s absence could be extended: The Dolphins brought former practice squad quarterback Jake Rudock, a former St. Thomas Aquinas standout, in for a visit on Thursday, but the team did not sign him.
Rudock would have to test negative for COVID-19 at least twice before the team could sign him.
“Jake, we brought him in for a visit. We’ll see how that goes,” Flores said of Rudock, who spent the season on the Dolphins practice squad last season but was released before training camp.
“We haven’t signed him. But that’s standard operating procedure. We’re just seeing where guys are from a roster management standpoint.”
Frazier, who played in 44 games in four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, began training camp working on finding his role on the reloaded Dolphins defense.
Flores, when pressed again to address the potential length of his players’ absences, reiterated the importance of players handling their personal matters outside of football.
“When you’re dealing with personal matters, it’s case by case,” Flores said further. “I think we’ve all dealt with personal things … I’m going to support my players and however much time they need for specific situations, that’s what they’re going to get.
“We all should have an understanding from that standpoint. When you talk about things of that nature, some things take precedent.”
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