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Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert recovering quickly from major knee surgery

Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert is carted off the field after a knee injury against the host Detroit Lions on Nov. 9, 2014.
Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert is carted off the field after a knee injury against the host Detroit Lions on Nov. 9, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Dolphins and their doctors are beyond encouraged, and pleasantly surprised, by how quickly left tackle Branden Albert has progressed from reconstructive knee surgery, a source has told the Miami Herald.

That’s great news for Albert, the organization and quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was sacked 29 times with Albert out of the lineup the last half of the season.

Albert ruptured the ACL and MCL in his right knee Nov. 9 against Detroit and missed the final seven games. The severity and timing of the injury caused some to worry that he might not be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

But barring an unforeseen setback, that should not be a concern. And though the Dolphins still likely will err on the side of caution in the coming months, Albert is expected to make a full recovery.

Albert is one of several Dolphins players whose seasons were cut short by major injury; Knowshon Moreno, Dannell Ellerbe and Will Davis are among the others.

“The rehabs have gone well,” Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said. “All of those guys are on schedule and doing really well. They’re in almost every day, so it’s good to see him. They have a great attitude. They’re attacking their rehab. Every one of those guys are on schedule.”

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