As expected, the Dolphins placed left tackle Branden Albert on injured reserve, ending his season after nine games.
The hope now is that his torn ACL and MCL in his right knee will heal quickly enough to be ready to start next season.
Recovery time is typically nine to 12 months.
Albert, in a post on Instagram, said: “This is football and these type of setbacks are part of the game. I will tell you this, though, I WILL come back stronger and better.”
Coach Joe Philbin indicated the Dolphins will move forward with how they finished the game Sunday: with Ja’Wuan James at left tackle and Dallas Thomas at right tackle.
“What you saw is probably what you’re going to get,” Philbin said. “We’ll make it work.”
How did James do after moving from right tackle to left tackle on Sunday? “He held up well,” Philbin said. “It wasn’t perfect but overall it was good.”
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said “I thought at some point in his career, hopefully later than this, Ja’Wuan would be a left tackle because I saw the ability to move. He’s very athletic, very knowledgeable. He’s performed well for a rookie offensive tackle.”
James said the transition to left tackle is “tough. Pass blocking is the biggest difference.”
Regarding Thomas, Philbin said: “I like what Dallas has done. He’s clearly much further along than a year ago. We have a lot more confidence in him.”
THIS AND THAT
▪ Lazor said running back LaMichael James — a former 49ers second-round pick who was promoted to Miami’s 53-man roster Monday —“can really operate in space. I love the way he runs routes. I love the way he can be decisive and hits the hole fast.”
▪ The Dolphins have had the most red-zone opportunities in the league but are fifth-worst in efficiency. “It’s a broken record,” Lazor said. “We’ve got to do a better job.”
▪ On receiver Jarvis Landry, Lazor said: “Every time he touches the ball, you get the feeling he’s trying to score a touchdown.”
▪ Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said when the Dolphins’ defense forced a three-and-out with 3:51 left, “I thought [it] was going to be [Detroit’s] last series of the game.” But the Dolphins held the ball only 34 seconds on their ensuing possession before punting.
Coyle, whose unit has allowed game-winning touchdowns to Green Bay and Detroit in the final minute, said: “We have got to win in those situations. But I have great confidence in our defense and the way we’re playing.”
▪ Brent Grimes said his one-handed interception Sunday was probably the best play of his career. “One hand makes it pretty cool,” he said.