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Branden Albert shows toughness playing with dislocated wrist

SAN DIEGO – Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert had his personal Willis Reed moment on Sunday. He was knocked out of the game with a dislocated wrist in the first half against the San Diego Chargers, only to return in the second half and help lead Miami to a victory.

Albert was evaluated in the locker room and had his left wrist popped back in place. He wrapped his forearm with a soft cast and jogged out of the tunnel about midway through the third quarter.

“It was pretty tough, but I had to continue,” Albert said. “My pride won’t let me go out like that. I was going back in no matter what.”

It was the sort of courage, toughness and resilience that, in some ways, has embodied Miami’s run of four straight victories. The Dolphins (5-4) overcame plenty of hardship early this season during a 1-4 start before going on their longest winning streak in eight years.

Albert is a big key to Miami’s offensive line. The Dolphins are now 4-0 when all five projected starters are healthy. They were 0-2 in games Albert missed this season with knee and ankle injuries.

It remains to be seen if Albert play next week against the Los Angeles Rams. But early indications are the veteran left tackle will do all he can to get back on the field.

“I’m going to get X-rays and see what I can do so I can play,” Albert said.