Dolphins will be without five coaches vs. Cardinals as result of COVID-19 precautions

Safid Deen, South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Miami Dolphins will be without five assistant coaches for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals as precautions for a recent COVID-19 positive test within the Brian Flores' coaching staff.

The Dolphins will be without outside linebackers coach Austin Clark, defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander, quarterback coach Robby Brown, defensive line coach Marion Hobby and offensive quality control coach Kolby Smith, the team announced before the game.

The Dolphins learned an assistant coach, who has not been named publicly, contracted coronavirus on Friday.

The Dolphins also placed rookie receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, either following a positive test or close contact with someone who did test positive. Bowden did not travel with the team on Friday.

It is unclear whether the four other coaches either tested positive for COVID-19, or are being held out of the game for coming in close contact with the coach who tested positive. It’s also unclear whether the four other coaches traveled with the team to Arizona.

If the Dolphins are going to continue their three-game winning streak, they’ll have to do so with Flores and defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, and the team’s other defensive assistant coaches taking on a greater role to lead the defense.

Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may also play a greater role on the bench, consulting Dolphins rookie starter Tua Tagovailoa without Brown available to help on the sidelines.

The Dolphins will also be without veteran running back Matt Brieda, out with the hamstring injury; defensive back Jamal Perry, out due to a foot injury; and reserve offensive tackle Adam Pankey as a healthy scratch. All three players were ruled inactive for the game.

This story will be updated.

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