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Dolphins' Albert joins full practice for 1st time this year

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert has been cleared to practice wire to wire for the first time since being sidelined in Week 10 last season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Albert declined to say how soon he expects to play in a game, but while he's unlikely to suit up for Saturday's exhibition game against Atlanta, he appears on schedule to make the season opener Sept. 13.

Albert wore a brace on his knee for Tuesday's workout in pads and shorts. His return lends stability to a line that remains unsettled at both guard spots and is viewed as the weak link in a potentially potent offense.

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An eighth-year veteran, Albert was perhaps the Dolphins' best offensive player last season until he was hurt.

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