MIAMI — Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin confirmed on Monday that starting left tackle Branden Albert will miss the rest of the season and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Albert suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions and could be out anywhere between nine to 12 months, reports ESPN.
The Pro Bowler was the biggest free-agent signing for the Dolphins in the offseason at five years and a maximum of $47 million. He started all nine games this season and was an integral member of the offensive line, which must now scramble to figure out a way to replace his production.
Rookie Ja’Wuan James will likely be inserted at the left tackle position in his place. Starting guard Daryn Colledge was unable to play against the Lions because of a back injury, and if he is ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, Shelley Smith may replace him in the starting lineup.
To fill Albert’s vacated spot on the roster, the Dolphins promoted running back LaMichael James from the practice squad to the active roster. James joins a crowded rushing corps that includes starter Lamar Miller as well as Daniel Thomas and rookie Damien Williams.