Dolphins news: Shaq Lawson among Miami players hitting COVID-19 list
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Shaq Lawson among Dolphins players hitting COVID-19 list

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Miami Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson was among the six Miami players sent to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, per the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley.

However, it seems Lawson and the six others are being held out as a precautionary measure, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk:

The Dolphins placed six players on the COVID-19 list Thursday, but multiple reports out of Miami indicate that the deactivations came, not because of positive tests, but because contact tracing showed contact with a positive teammate.

The Dolphins are hoping to avoid a potential outbreak. Miami placed 14 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list since testing protocol began, and have since activated six of those players.

With numerous players out for the next few days and multiple players opting out, the roster is looking a little thin just ahead of the start of practices.

The Dolphins signed Lawson to a three-year, $30 million deal in free agency after the former Clemson standout recorded 6.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hits in 15 games with the Buffalo Bills this past season.

Lawson was just one of the moves the Dolphins made in an effort to shore up the defensive front. Miami also signed former New England Patriots outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Not to mention, the Dolphins signed Byron Jones to hold down one of the corner spots opposite Xavien Howard.

The Dolphins are hoping the additions will add up to more success for a defense that ranked dead-last in terms of DVOA as they look to be more competitive in 2020.