Dolphins short 5 assistants due to COVID issues

3:35 PM ET

The Miami Dolphins will be without five assistant coaches in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals due to COVID-19 protocols, the team announced.

One Dolphins assistant coach, who was not identified, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. He was placed in quarantine, and the team entered the NFL’s intensive protocol and began contact tracing to determine whether there any players or coaches had consistent close contact with that coach.

The five coaches who will be out Sunday are defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander, quarterbacks coach Robby Brown, outside linebackers coach Austin Clark, defensive line coach Marion Hobby and quality control coach Kolby Smith.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was confident that they had the virus contained and that they could travel to Arizona without significant worry of an outbreak. He also noted that they practiced situations in training camp of how they would react if coaches were unavailable thanks to COVID-19 protocols.

“We wouldn’t fly if we felt like there was any situation where we would create any outbreak,” Flores said. “If we do fly, it’s because we feel like we’ve got it contained, and that’s kind of the feeling now.”

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