News broke early Thursday morning that the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles had to cancel their joint practice due to a non-COVID illness. The team confirmed the practice cancellation via its official Twitter account.
ProFootballTalk reported the practice got canceled after members of the Dolphins reportedly caught a “stomach bug” that had them “sick and vomiting overnight.”
“The Dolphins will be meeting virtually in hopes that keeping everyone distanced will keep the illness from spreading any further. The Eagles will practice on their own.
A game is scheduled between the two teams on Saturday and the plan is for that game to proceed as scheduled, although further spread of the stomach issues could lead to a reconsideration.”
Per Mike Garafolo, some of the affected players believe it’s food poisoning rather than a mere bug. However, the Dolphins have been unable to identify any common thread between what the affected players have eaten, so they are confident in their belief that it’s a bug, and canceled practice in order to stop the spread.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson reported that the team does not believe the bug will imperil its final preseason game, scheduled to take place Saturday.