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Branden Albert | Tackle

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 310
College: Virginia
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The Dolphins expect LT Branden Albert (ACL, MCL) to be ready for Week 1.
Per the Miami Herald, Albert is "on track." Albert said earlier this month that he's been "progressing well." He should still be considered questionable for training camp until further notice. Mar 24 - 3:38 PM

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The Miami Herald reports Dolphins LT Branden Albert (ACL, MCL) is "progressing well."

The word comes from Albert himself. Albert said early last month that he was unsure of his Week 1 status. Neither Albert nor the Dolphins are likely to have a firm grip on his status before the beginning of training camp.
Mar 5 - 10:42 PM

Dolphins LT Branden Albert (ACL/MCL surgery) said Friday he's uncertain whether he'll be ready for Week 1.

Albert tore both knee ligaments early last November after performing at a high level in the first half of the season. "I hope I'll be able to play the first game; I just don't know," he said. "We'll see." A recent report in the Miami Herald indicated Albert's Week 1 prognosis is optimistic.
Feb 8 - 10:18 AM

The Dolphins and doctors are reportedly "pleasantly surprised" by how quickly LT Branden Albert has progressed from ACL surgery.

Albert blew out his right knee in Week 10. It sounds like he's ahead of schedule, which puts him firmly on track to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. The Dolphins signed Albert to a $46 million last offseason to protect Ryan Tannehill's blind side.
Jan 22 - 11:35 AM

Dolphins placed LT Branden Albert (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Albert has a torn right ACL and MCL. It's a massive injury to the man the Dolphins signed to a five-year, $46M contract eight months ago. Albert was arguably Miami's best player this season, grading out as PFF's No. 4 tackle and cementing a line that turned into a debacle during the 2013 Richie Incognito saga. Now they'll have to go forward with right tackle Ja'Wuan James kicking to the left side and patching things up elsewhere. Lamar Miller and the entire offense gets knocked down a peg.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Dolphins LT Branden Albert told teammates his knee injury will require surgery and he's done for the season.

Albert went down in the second quarter of Sunday's loss at Detroit. The team is not commenting on the severity of his injury until an MRI is performed Monday, but we wouldn't expect any miracles -- especially with PFT also reporting Albert is done for the year. After he went down Sunday, RT Ja'Wuan James shifted to the left side and Nate Garner stepped in on the right. Albert was PFF's No. 4 overall tackle coming into Sunday, behind only Joe Thomas, Jason Peters and Andrew Whitworth.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Dolphins LT Branden Albert was carted off with a right knee injury in Miami's Week 10 game against the Lions.

Albert was in a ton of pain, and the Dolphins didn't delay in bringing out the cart. It had the looks of a season-ending injury, which would be horrible news for the Dolphins. In the first season of a five-year, $46 million deal, Albert has been one of the league's very best blindside protectors. RT Ja'Wuan James has now shifted to left tackle, with Dallas Thomas manning the right side.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 02:10:00 PM

Dolphins LT Branden Albert suffered an elbow injury in Week 6 and is unsure if he'll be able to play Sunday against the Bears.

If Albert can't go, rookie RT Ja'Wuan James would likely shift to Ryan Tannehill's blind side with Jason Fox or Nate Garner entering the lineup at right tackle. Albert has proven to be a great signing by Miami. He's PFF's No. 4 left tackle.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 09:54:00 AM

Dolphins signed LT Branden Albert, formerly of the Chiefs, to a five-year, $46 million contract.

The deal includes a whopping $25 million guaranteed. It's a huge price to pay for a player who's always been short of elite, but the Dolphins had essentially no choice considering the beating Ryan Tannehill took in 2013. Albert has missed seven games with injury over the past two seasons, but will stabilize the Dolphins' blindside when he's on the field. He turns 30 in November.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:22:00 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero is hearing free agent LT Branden Albert's deal with the Dolphins is "almost done."

Salguero says the contract isn't "100 percent done" -- it can't be until Tuesday at 4PM ET, anyway -- but Albert "will be a Dolphin." We're just awaiting contract details at this point. Albert is entering his age-30 season. Reports indicate he'll command north of $9 million annually as the market's top-paid tackle.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 11:46:00 AM

The Miami Herald seconds a Profootballtalk report that free agent LT Branden Albert is expected to become a Dolphin on Tuesday.

Teams had all weekend plus Monday to negotiate with agents. The Dolphins and Albert appear to have reached a contract agreement, and he can formally sign on the dotted line Tuesday at 4PM ET. The Fins have been trying to land Albert since before last April's NFL draft, but couldn't agree to trade compensation with the Chiefs. He spent all of 2013 wearing Kansas City's franchise tag.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 07:31:00 PM reports "all signs" are pointing toward free agent LT Branden Albert signing with the Dolphins when the market opens Tuesday.

A Saturday story in the Miami Herald indicated Albert had risen atop the Fins' left tackle wish list, bypassing Eugene Monroe and Jared Veldheer. If Albert does sign with Miami, the similarly blindside-needy Cardinals would have to turn their attention elsewhere. Albert is entering his age-30 season and with durability woes in each of the last two years. He's still expected to command north of $10 million per year. The Dolphins are sitting on nearly $34 million in cap space.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 03:50:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Bucs, along with the Dolphins and Cardinals, are believed to have interest in free agent LT Branden Albert.

Miami and Arizona's interest has been well documented since last April's draft, but this is the first time we've seen Tampa Bay connected to Albert. Bucs LT Donald Penn graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 19 left tackle last season and has two years left on a six-year, $41.7 million deal. His name has been floated as a potential cap casualty, a move that would clear over $7.4 million. Albert isn't going to come cheap, however. He's our No. 3 free-agent left tackle.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 10:41:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Cardinals will make a "big run" at free agent LT Branden Albert.

If they don't land Albert, Pauline reports the Cardinals will "look offensive tackle" in the first round of May's draft. Albert has several durability concerns and is entering his age-30 season, but Pauline isn't the first to indicate the Cards want a piece of him. Rumors of Arizona's interest have also appeared on the Cardinals' own team website, as well as FOX Sports 910 Phoenix.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 12:40:00 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey insists the team has yet to make a decision about free agent LT Branden Albert, and that the sides remain in talks.

Dorsey adamantly refuted reports that the Chiefs have already decided to let Albert walk. It would be surprising if Dorsey didn't refute the reports, so his comments should be taken with a grain of salt. With Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson ready to go at tackle, it would be very surprising if the Chiefs made a real effort to retain Albert.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 01:26:00 PM