MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mother died Saturday, and he left a morning scrimmage as it began to be with his family, coach Brian Flores said.
The team gathered in prayer as Fitzpatrick departed. He missed one day of practice last week for personal reasons.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 6,323 New Cases, 74 Deaths Reported On Saturday
“Our hearts go out to him as a team and an organization,” Flores said. “There are things bigger than football.”READ MORE: Annual Florida Keys Seven-Mile Bridge Run Staged With Coronavirus Protocols
Flores said he didn’t know how long Fitzpatrick would be away from the team. Miami’s first game is Sept. 13 at New England.
Josh Rosen and Tua Tagovailoa took the snaps in Fitzpatrick’s absence. For Tagovailoa, Miami’s top draft pick, it was the closest he’s been to game action since a hip injury ended his Alabama career in November.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 3 Injured In Single-Vehicle Crash In Miami Beach
“It wasn’t something I was nervous to do,” he said. “But I got emotional when Fitz ended up leaving. That was pretty difficult. I thought of my own mom.”