Dolphins LT Branden Albert will not play for the remainder of the season due to an injury to his right knee, something that called for big changes in Miami’s offensive line, leaving many fans and sportsbook software services wondering how the team will manage without the player.
On Monday, coach Joe Philbin said that the player will have to enter the IR list after being injured in the Dolphins’ loss against the Lions.
Many experts believe that Albert could have been the Dolphin’s best player this year on offense, giving stability to an offensive line that did a terrible job last year. The LT who’s a favorite with many NFL fans is currently playing in his first year of what is a $47 million deal running for five years, with a guaranteed $26 million.
“These type of setbacks are part of the game,” said the player on Twitter. “I will tell you this, though: I will come back stronger and better. I have the utmost confidence in my teammates to finish what we set out to do at the start of the season.”
On Sunday, after Albert was taken off the field, rookie Ja’Wuan James went to the left from the right tackle position. Dallas Thomas switched to right tackle from left guard, and the left guard position was taken by Shelley Smith. On Thursday, Miami (5-4) will most likely be using the same lineup when they take on the Bills (5-4).
“What you saw is probably what you’re going to get,” said Philbin. “Those guys weren’t perfect, but overall I thought they held their own.”
Miami recorded a total of 228 yards, with 50 of them rushing – both lows this season – in their loss of 20-16. Now the team must get ready for a Buffalo defense that was dominating when both teams locked horns in Week 2, in a game where the Dolphins lost 29-10 to the Bills.
James started for four years with the Titans before being drafted in May by Miami. During training camp, the player got a job a as a starter, and he’s part of an overhauled unit after the Dolphins put up with 58 sacks – an NFL record – as well as last year’s bullying scandal that involved the team’s offensive players, and sportsbook software services remember very well how much trouble the team had regarding this.