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Dolphins' Albert out for season with right knee injury; rookie replaces him at left tackle

Miami Dolphins tackle Branden Albert (71) grimaces during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Albert was carted off the field. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Miami Dolphins tackle Branden Albert (71) grimaces during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Albert was carted off the field. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury.

The Dolphins will place Albert on injured reserve because of the injury suffered in Sunday's loss at Detroit, coach Joe Philbin said Monday.

Albert has been perhaps Miami's best offensive player this year, stabilizing a line that was awful in 2013. He's in the first year of a $47 million, five-year deal that includes $26 million guaranteed.

After Albert was carted off the field, rookie Ja'Wuan James moved from right to left tackle. Dallas Thomas moved from left guard to right tackle, and Shelley Smith took over at left guard. The Dolphins will likely use the same lineup Thursday against Buffalo, Philbin said.

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