Report: Dustin Keller has high ankle sprain

AP

The Jets offense got a new look on Sunday when Greg McElroy took over at quarterback, but a recurring problem could limit the offense’s effectiveness in the weeks to come.

Tight end Dustin Keller hurt his ankle during the game and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that it is the dreaded high-ankle variety. The injury usually requires multiple weeks on the sideline before the player is well enough to get back on the field. If so, it would be the second extended absence of the year for Keller.

He missed four games early in the season with a hamstring injury, robbing Mark Sanchez of one of his most reliable targets in an offense without much in the way of reliable targets. Whoever the Jets start at quarterback will have a more difficult time without Keller in the lineup, although Jeff Cumberland made a couple of plays on Sunday to help the team pick up a win.

It will take more than a couple of plays for the Jets to keep winning. Their 7-6 win today had a lot to do with how terrible Arizona’s offense is right now and they’ll likely need to generate more points without Keller helping the cause.