Jaguars re­lease vet­eran Al­bert

Ravens will not play quar­ter­back Flacco in the preseason.

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The Jack­sonville Jaguars re­leased left tackle Bran­den Al­bert, end­ing a strange saga that lasted nearly two weeks.

Al­bert, 32, is now free to sign with any other NFL team.

The Jaguars and Al­bert had been locked in a stale­mate over how the sides would part ways. Al­bert left the team July 31, telling coach Doug Mar­rone he planned to re­tire. The Jaguars re­sponded by plac­ing Al­bert on the ex­empt/ left squad list, mean­ing he had five days to re­turn or he would for­feit his cur­rent con­tract and be un­able to play in the league in 2017.

The re­la­tion­ship seem­ingly be­came more strained when the Jaguars con­sid­ered go­ing af­ter a pro­rated por­tion ($3.4 mil­lion) of Al­bert’s $8.5 mil­lion sign­ing bonus even though Mi­ami paid it in 2014.

Al­bert then told the team he changed his mind and wanted to re­turn.

Jack­sonville, which was ready to part ways with a player who looked out of shape and past his prime dur­ing three train­ing camp prac­tices, re­sponded by plac­ing him on the re­serve/ re­tired list.

That meant Al­bert’s con­tract was paused, and Jack­sonville re­tained his rights.

Re­leas­ing him Fri­day quite pos­si­bly was a re­ac­tion to Al­bert plan­ning to show up for prac­tice this week­end. Whether Al­bert re­ally wants to play in 2017 prob­a­bly will be­come ev­i­dent if he signs with an­other team in the com­ing days or weeks.

It wasn’t clear why Al­bert con­sid­ered re­tire­ment af­ter nine NFL sea­sons, but it ap­pears he didn’t want to play in Jack­sonville.

Dol­phins: Quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill re­port­edly will have surgery to re­pair the torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the en­tire sea­son. Tan­nehill, who missed the fi­nal four games of last sea­son with two sprained lig­a­ments in his knee, rein­jured it a week into train­ing camp last week.

■ Dol­phins rookie line­backer Raek­won McMil­lan will miss the en­tire sea­son with a torn ACL in his right knee. McMil­lan, taken in the sec­ond round in the April draft out of Ohio State, was the front-run­ner to win the start­ing job at mid­dle line­backer un­til he was hurt cov­er­ing a punt Thurs­day against At­lanta.

Ravens: Quar­ter­back Joe Flacco won’t play in the preseason as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from a back in­jury. How­ever, the team says Flacco re­mains on track to start the reg­u­lar-sea­son opener Sept. 10 against the Ben­gals. The Ravens also said left guard Alex Lewis (shoul­der) and rookie wide re­ceiver Tim White (thumb) will miss the sea­son be­cause of in­juries that will re­quire surgery.

Bron­cos: Nose tackle Billy Winn re­port­edly will miss the en­tire 2017 sea­son with torn lig­a­ments in his right knee. Winn was caught un­der the pile on a Bears run in the first quar­ter of Thurs­day’s game. Winn, a sixth-year pro from Boise State, played in all 16 games last sea­son.

Pan­thers: De­fen­sive tackle Ver­non But­ler sprained his left knee in Wed­nes­day’s game against Hous­ton. It’s un­clear how much play­ing time But­ler, Carolina’s firstround pick in 2016, will miss.

Pack­ers: Green Bay sub­mit­ted videos to the NFL of hits by Ea­gles play­ers that knocked out Malachi Dupre and Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall on sep­a­rate plays in Thurs­day’s game. Dupre, a rookie re­ceiver, was carted off on a stretcher in the fourth quar­ter fol­low­ing a hit by rookie safety Tre Sul­li­van. Ran­dall was hurt af­ter re­ceiver Bryce Treggs hit the cor­ner­back high while throw­ing a blind­side block. Coach Mike McCarthy said Dupre and Ran­dall were in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

BILL KOSTROUN / AP

The Giants’ Josh John­son is sacked by Steel­ers rookie line­backer T.J. Watt in the first quar­ter of Fri­day night’s preseason game in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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