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Miami Dolphins begin preparations for Washington Redskins with Branden Albert, DeVante Parker a go

We are six days from kickoff against the Washington Redskins and the plan is coming together quite nicely for the Miami Dolphins when it comes to left tackle Branden Albert and receiver DeVante Parker.

Both players missed a great portion of training camp practices. Albert missed every preseason game while Parker missed all but one. And yet, both are expected to practice this week -- as they did on Monday.

And multiple sources say both players are expected to play against the Redskins -- Albert as the starting left tackle and Parker in whatever role coaches determine he's ready to fill.

Parker responded well to his first game action of the season in the final preseason game last Thursday.

"I feel good about it," he said. "It just gives me confidence for the next game."

The next game is the season-opener and Parker said he expects to be ready.

"It would be a big thing, coming back from surgery twice and just come out there and just contribute to the team and do big things," he said.

There were questions about Albert's conditioning and even his rustiness as he has not played in the preseason. So he didn't predict he would start on Sunday. But he is obviously ready if called upon -- and he will be called upon, barring a setback.

"I mean if coach feels like I'm ready, I'm ready." he said. "We'll see, we'll evaluate toward the end of the week, and if coach says I'm ready to play, I'm ready to play. We'll see. ... Sooner than later. A lot of people didn't think I'd be in this position. I didn't. We'll see."

Albert changed his number on Monday. He's wearing No. 76 -- his old number in Kansas City -- after wearing No. 71 last year.

Also changing numbers today is Jordan Kovacs, who is going from No. 44 in the preseason to No. 32.

The Dolphins are relatively healthy as they begin their preparation week for the Redskins. The only player who missed practice Monday was backup tackle Jason Fox, who is still dealing with the concussion protocol issue.

Cornerback Jamar Taylor, who missed practice the past couple of weeks with a quadriceps injury, returned to practice today. He'll be ready for Sunday, barring a setback.

One player whose season is over before it really begins is Louis Delmas, who is on injured reserve with a torn ACL for the second consecutive year after suffering the injury in a dual practice against Carolina. Delmas said he's already had surgery.

"Yeah, I've had the surgery," Delmas said. "I know I'm walking and everything like that, but I had the surgery a couple days after I tore it. It was a hard process, dealing with it again, going through it again. It's a grind. But I'm a grinder, I know how to grind. I know what it takes to get the job done. I'm going to get it done."

For that reason Delmas expects to return in 2016, if not with the Dolphins then elsewhere.

 "Of course, of course. of course," he said. "My time ain't done yet. I need three, four, five, six more (years)."

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