Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Miami Dolphins put star cornerback Xavien Howard on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the staff introduced Tuesday.

Howard’s placement on the list signifies that he both examined optimistic for the coronavirus or was in shut contact with somebody who recorded a optimistic take a look at consequence. Within the staff’s assertion, the Dolphins stated they aren’t allowed to remark on whether or not he examined optimistic or is simply in quarantine.

Howard is presently on the bodily unable to carry out list as he continues to recuperate from knee surgical procedure. He had the process in December and had been rehabbing on the staff’s facility this summer time.

The 2018 Professional Bowl choice performed solely 5 video games final season because of the knee damage. He notched 17 complete tackles, one interception and 4 passes defensed in 2019.

The Dolphins signed former Dallas Cowboys defensive again Byron Jones to a five-year, $82.5 million contract in March with the hopes of slotting him reverse Howard, who was the NFL’s co-interceptions chief in 2018. The franchise additionally chosen cornerback Noah Igbinoghene within the first spherical of this yr’s NFL Draft.

With Howard now in quarantine, it stays unclear whether or not he might be able to play within the Dolphins’ season opener Sept. 13. Miami performs the New England Patriots in Week 1.

Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers is the one different Dolphins participant on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was positioned on the list Aug. 2.