Poised for a Pro Bowl season in 2014, Branden Albert’s season ended abruptly with an ACL tear – one he may never fully recover from.
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Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert is undergoing boxing training in order to assist in his rehab from an ACL tear he suffered in 2014.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Albert stated that he is back on his feet and trying to use the movements of boxing to help him rehab from the ligament tear that ended his 2014 season.
“The boxing gym is, for me, I think, very therapeutic,” Albert said. “…It makes me feel good, you know it’s a different kind of workout… someting different instead of just running and jumping and lifting.
“It helps me with my hands, the quickness in my hands and how I punch and how I power-block.”
According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Albert still isn’t able to run at full speed, but noted that Albert has “no restrictions” in the boxing gym. Albert isn’t expected to participate in on-field workouts during the spring, but plans to be ready when the 2015 season starts.
“When you get there and you’re at the top of your game, and something like this happened, it’s like, ‘Damn, I was at the top of my game, doing good. The team was doing good,'” Albert said. “My thing is proving my worth. I never wanted to come down here and have somebody say, ‘Well, he shut it down when he got paid.’ That’s not what I’m about. I want to keep winning, keep making Pro Bowls, All-Pros, and keep improving.”
A six-year starter with the Kansas City Chiefs, Albert was released by the Chiefs at the end of his 2013 Pro Bowl season due to his high salary demands. The Chiefs were unwilling to pay, but the Dolphins were more than willing to give Albert a five-year, $47 million contract.
In his first year with the Miami Dolphins, Albert recorded nine starts before suffering his ACL injury.