Two players whose health has been the topic of concern for Miami Dolphins fans today took an important step toward being ready for the start of the 2015 NFL season.
Left tackle Branden Albert announced he was doing "everything" in practice at full speed. It is the first time Albert has participated in all the drills in practice since he blew out his knee last November.
"I'm back doing everything," Albert said.
Despite the good news, it is still unlikely Albert will play Saturday in the Dolphins' third preseason game. And he was coy about being available for the regular-season opener at Washington.
"I don't know," he said.
Chances are good, however, he'll be ready for that regular-season game.
As you may know, I advocated not playing quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the game Saturday if Albert and Fox do not play.
Tannehill apparently does not share my thoughts.
“I expect to play and play as much as I would regardless of who is out there just because those are the guys that are going to be out there when we play in a couple of weeks," Tannehill said. "Injuries are a part of the game and, like it or not, that’s just kind of the way it is. That’s the risk you take when you play this game.
"Our guys are stepping up, guys are working hard and people are going to have opportunities, and I want to see them take advantage of it.”
Actually, the guys out there might Saturday not be on the team in a couple of weeks if the Dolphins go with their third-team players. The other possibility is moving Dallas Thomas to left tackle and using Jamil Douglas at left guard.
Linebacker Koa Misi, nursing a calf injury, also returned to practice today. That is important because he had not practiced since early August.
Misi may play Friday, depending on how the calf responds in practice this week.
Not practicing today was offensive tackle Jason Fox, who is nursing a concussion, cornerback Jamar Taylor (quad), linebacker Jordan Tripp (ankle) and receiver DeVante Parker (foot).
Parker, recovering from foot surgery, was running despite not practicing. He was running hard. He was not cutting.
Finally, in a move that was expected, the Dolphins placed Louis Delmas on injured reserve.