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Branden Albert “fully, fully confident” he’ll be same player after ACL tear

Branden Albert, Cameron Wake

AP

Left tackle Branden Albert avoided a stay on the physically unable to perform list at the start of Dolphins camp, which is a good development for the team’s offensive line since Albert tore his ACL last season and spent the offseason unsure about when he’d be able to resume football activities.

Albert said he also felt unsure about whether he’d be able to play football again immediately after the injury and remains unwilling to guarantee that he’ll be on the field for the first week of the regular season, but there is one thing he’s sure about as he makes his way toward the 2015 season.

“I’m fully, fully confident I’ll be the player I was,” Albert said, via the Miami Herald.

Albert said he’ll be concentrating on rebuilding strength in his leg in the early part of camp as he progresses from taking part in walkthroughs to full participation in the team’s practices. Assuming that progression happens in time for Week One, Ryan Tannehill should be able to breathe a bit easier with Albert protecting his blind side.