The Miami Dolphins have completed an unprecedented turnaround in 2021, winning seven straight games after opening the season 1-7. They have moved into the seventh spot in the AFC playoff race and could become the first team to start 1-7 and then make the playoffs.
Miami faces a tough close to the season with games at Tennessee and home against New England. They’ve lost some key pieces to injury, but have found ways to bounce back. The bigger issue heading into the final two weeks is COVID-19. The team has placed seven players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday and Tuesday of this week. With a return to practice on Wednesday for Week 17, this will be something to track.
Dolphins COVID-19 list
WR Allen Hurns (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
WR Preston Williams (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
WR Albert Wilson (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
OG Solomon Kindley (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
DE Adam Butler (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
DT John Jenkins (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
S Brandon Jones (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
NFL COVID-19 protocols
The NFL changed its policy on Tuesday, December 28 following the CDC’s adjustment. If unvaccinated, a player must miss a minimum of five days if a close contact or a positive test. If they have not shown symptoms for at least 24 hours at the end of that five days, they are eligible to be activated.
A vaccinated player does not need to quarantine if a close contact, but does if they test positive. A vaccinated player can test out sooner than the five days if he is asymptomatic for at least 24 hours by one of the following options:
- He receivers two BRL PCR test results that are either negative or produce Cycle Threshold (CT) values of 35 or greater; OR
- He receive one BRL PCR test result that is either negative or produces CT values of 35 or greater and a negative Mesa test result from a test taken within 24 hours of the BRL PCR test. Both tests can be taken at the same time or less than 24 hours apart; OR
- He receives two negative MESA tests 24 hours after the initial swab was taken, but can be taken concurrently provided it’s two separate new swabs.