The Miami Dolphins have placed left tackle Branden Albert on injured reserve after he sustained a knee injury on Sunday.
Albert was carted off the field after injuring his knee against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the "early diagnosis" is that Albert has a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL).
The 30-year-old wrote a message to fans on his Instagram on Monday:
Firstly, I want to thank my family, friends, fans from all over and teammates (past and present) for reaching out to me with all their concerns, prayers and best wishes. It is truly a blessing to have such a tremendous support system and I am thankful for it every single day. 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. I have the upmost confidence in my teammates to finish what we set out to do at the start of the seasons. Thanks again and God Bless -BA #PhinsUp #ProtectTheHill
Albert had started all nine games for the Dolphins this season. It's his first season in Miami after six years with the Kansas City Chiefs, who drafted him in the first round in 2008.
The Dolphins also promoted running back LaMichael James to the active roster on Monday, according to James' agent. James signed with the team's practice squad on Sept. 30 after requesting his release from the San Francisco 49ers earlier that month.
Miami (5-4) hosts the Buffalo Bills (5-4) on Thursday.
- Molly Geary