Dolphins HC Joe Philbin announced Monday that they will be placing starting LT Branden Albert on season-ending injured reserve.
Philbin: We are going to put Branden Albert on injured reserved.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 10, 2014
An MRI taken on Albert’s knee Monday confirmed that he has a torn ACL and MCL, according to Ian Rapoport.
Dolphins starting LT Branden Albert was carted off the field with what appeared to be a major leg injury.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins players are already aware of the fact that Albert will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
- According to Salguero, Albert suffered at least knee and there is chance he also sustain other injuries that will require surgery.
- Pro Football Talk confirms that Albert is in fact out for the season with a knee injury.
This is horrible news for the Dolphins and their offensive line moving forward. Albert has stepped in and solidified a major weakness for them in recent years.
Miami wasted no time getting Albert under contract at the start of free agency, as he was under contract the moment players were available to sign.
Albert, 30, signed a five-year, $46 million contract that included $25 million guaranteed with the Dolphins. He still has base salaries of: $9 million (2015), $8.425 million (2016), $8.875 million (2017), and $9.575 million (2019) over the remainder of his contract.
The Dolphins will owe him $9 million in guaranteed next year, but beyond that, there are no guarantees remaining in his contract.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 4 offensive tackle in the league this season.
We’ll have more updates regarding as the news is available.