Former Riders LB Sam Eguavoen placed on Miami Dolphins COVID-19 list

Former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Sam Eguavoen has been placed on the Miami Dolphins reserve/COVID-19 list.

According to sources, Eguavoen tested negative for coronavirus two times on Wednesday, but the team didn’t want to take a chance. He can’t enter the facility as a precautionary measure until passing the NFL’s protocols to rejoin the squad, which requires multiple days of negative results.

The 27-year-old Eguavoen had the best year of his three seasons in the CFL during 2018. He made 81 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and scored two defensive touchdowns. During his three years with the Riders, Eguavoen had 159 tackles, 14 on special teams, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and two touchdowns in 38 games.

That CFL production led to Eguavoen working out for 10 NFL teams in December 2018 and eventually signing with the Dolphins. He played in all 16 regular season games, starting six, for Miami last year making 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, defending one pass and recovered one fumble. The six-foot, 236-pound linebacker acquitted himself well to the NFL game and 2020 looks like a potential breakout year.

After four seasons at Texas Tech University, where Eguavoen improved his production each season, the Red Raiders product put up some eye-popping testing numbers at the school’s pro day, running a 4.67 40-yard dash, 4.34 short shuttle, 7.15 three-cone, 38.5-inch vertical and 10-foot, five-inch broad jump. Despite those results, Eguavoen went unselected in the 2015 NFL Draft and spent that season out of football.

Eguavoen earned $495,000 last year and is set to make $675,000 in the second year of his two-year pact with Miami.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.