It's Christmas in July everyone. Perhaps the most important player in the Dolphins offense besides the quarterback Ryan Tannehill himself is the team's star left tackle Branden Albert, and per a report by the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, the offensive lineman will not be starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Albert, who will turn 31 in November, suffered a season-ending knee injury in week 10 of the 2014 season against the Detroit Lions, and as a result the offensive line essentially fell apart as then rookie Ja'Wuan James couldn't adequately pick up the slack and protect Tannehill's blindside, and the right tackle position was taken over by utility lineman Dallas Thomas. Need I say more about that?
Speculation ran rampant that Albert would not be ready due to the fact that his recovery from injury was not going as smoothly as some would like to believe. Reports were that Albert was limping very heavily during OTAs and Mini-Camp, and it wasn't looking good for the offensive line's anchor player.
But people I have spoken to within the organization have refuted these claims, stating that Albert's limp is not really something to worry about, as the offensive tackle was looking much better as time went on. This report now adds a certain amount of credence to that statement.
I had been saying on Twitter for quite some time that Albert's limp was being overstated, that it wasn't as big a deal as others were trying to make it. With Albert successfully managing to avoid landing on the PUP list for training camp, the hope is that he will indeed be ready to go when week one of the regular season comes around, just as Albert said all along he'd been aiming for.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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