The Miami Dolphins had to shuffle their offensive line near the end of the first half of their game against the San Diego Chargers. Starting left tackle Branden Albert was forced to leave the game and head to the locker room with a wrist injury. He eventually was able to come back into the game and finish it with a cast on his arm, allowing the team to move Laremy Tunsil back from left tackle to left guard.
What exactly was the injury to Albert’s wrist?
He dislocated it.
Then finished the game.
Yeah, that happened.
“Fifty-four [Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram] got me pretty good today,” Albert said after the game. “He got me on the bull rush and I caught myself and when I looked at my wrist, I knew something wasn’t right. I went to the sideline and cut my tape off and it was out of place. They were messing with it and trying to pop it back into place. I got some x-rays and it was back in place. I had to go back out there.”
It cannot be easy to play an NFL game, especially as an offensive lineman who is punching and shoving defensive linemen all game, shortly after dislocating a wrist. “It was pretty tough but like I said, I had to help my team and pride wouldn’t let me go out like that,” Albert said of why he felt he needed to be on the field.
The Dolphins beat the Chargers, coming away with the 31-24 victory. And, apparently, a dislocated wrist to a Pro Bowl player, but, it does not seem to be that big of a deal. At least for Albert.