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Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘fighting through’ right shoulder, forearm injuries

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been “fighting through” lingering injuries to his throwing arm, which officially includes his shoulder and forearm. Despite so, the veteran, bearded passer is not in jeopardy to not play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

At least, Dolphins’ head coach believes that. The first-year lead-man, Brian Flores, said that he expects Fitzpatrick to play against the Eagles on Sunday.

“You play quarterback in this league and take a few hits. You get dinged. We have to report the injuries so they’re on there,” Flores said on Thursday, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “He’s practiced. He’s fought through it. He’s fighting through it in practice and games, so he’ll be out there.”

If Fitzpatrick, 37, is unable to play — due to a quick change of circumstances — it will be the younger Josh Rosen leads the ‘Fins on Sunday. However, with Flores’ comments in mind, that is unlikely to happen.

The Dolphins stand at 2-9 on the season, which slots them in for the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Fitzpatrick has won both of their games as a starter, beating the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back weeks. The Dolphins cooled down after; dropping two straight to the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, respectively.

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 62% of his passes for 1,901 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, good for a 78 passer rating. He has done so despite flip-flopping in and out of the lineup with Rosen before Flores announced he would start full-time to finish the season.