Dolphins' CB Grimes, LT Albert likely to return this week

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The Dolphins are expected to get back two key starters this week. Kirby Lee USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins have played their last two games without Ryan Tannehill's blindside protector, Branden Albert. That could change this week though, as Albert is expected to make his much-awaited return to the lineup.

"I'm playing Sunday," Albert said, via Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post.

Albert was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, but since last week, he's been planning to play. And of course, Tannehill and the Dolphins will gladly welcome back their starting left tackle.

"I'm energized," Albert said a week ago. "Me personally, I'm ready to help this team. I'm highly motivated, highly determined. So I'm ready to roll."

On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins are also expected to get back arguably their best defensive player in Brent Grimes. After leaving the team's Week 4 games against the New York Jets in London with a knee injury, Grimes returned to practice on Wednesday and plans to play Sunday.

"It wasn't as bad as it could have been and that's a positive," Grimes said. "You know your body better than anybody. You've got to see what you can do."

The Dolphins will take on the Tennessee Titans this week in interim head coach Dan Campbell's debut. Having lost three in a row, the Dolphins will look to end this skid and work their way back to .500.

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