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Dustin Keller downgraded to out, may be done with Jets

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Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports that tight end Dustin Keller (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Week Seventeen and did not make the trip to Buffalo for Sunday’s season finale. Keller was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report.

The Jets also downgraded wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee) and cornerback Ellis Lankster (concussion) to out.

Keller is an impending unrestricted free agent and may be finished with the Jets. He labored through an injury-plagued 2012 campaign, appearing in just eight games en route to career lows in receptions (28) and yards (317).

28-year-old Keller has made it clear that he would not be pleased with the franchise tag. The train-wreck Jets are an organization that should be seeking to avoid conflict rather than embrace more of it, so perhaps they’ll make Keller a long-term contract offer after the season, and let him walk if no agreement is reached.

Along with Jared Cook (Titans), Fred Davis (Redskins), and Martellus Bennett (Giants), Keller is among the top tight ends projected to be available on the 2013 free-agent market.

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10 Responses to “Dustin Keller downgraded to out, may be done with Jets”
  1. boyshole25 says: Dec 29, 2012 5:03 PM

    Wow good year for tight ends

  2. cadillacjosh says: Dec 29, 2012 5:24 PM

    Gosh, if any one of those guys could end up in Chicago. That would be just fantastic. Even though I know how much fear Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth are instilling in people.

  3. irishking says: Dec 29, 2012 5:52 PM

    I hope Dustin Keller ends up with the Colts or even Bears. That would be fine with me.

  4. jpb12 says: Dec 29, 2012 6:11 PM

    I bet his locker is cleaned out before the Jets get back from Buffalo

  5. patriotsdefense says: Dec 29, 2012 6:18 PM

    Going into the 2011 Season that goon who used to cover the AFC East for ESPN, Tim Graham, said he would take Keller above Hernandez and Gronkowski.

    I haven’t forgotten but I’m sure a lot of people have forgotten him after getting canned!

  6. bigblue88 says: Dec 29, 2012 6:39 PM

    Will be a new York football giant next year..

  7. polapea says: Dec 29, 2012 6:52 PM

    Guy is good but he can never stay healthy.

  8. freemantowilliams says: Dec 29, 2012 8:07 PM

    It might just be me but I think everyone is done with the jets.

  9. grogansheroes says: Dec 29, 2012 8:27 PM

    The Pats love them some tight ends. Bet they could make him a player, like they did with Woodhead. They could have Gronk and Hernandez. When one of them is hurt, they could have Ballard and Keller. When more are hurt, they have Hoo man

  10. green41563 says: Dec 30, 2012 12:07 AM

    Let him go.

    Can’t block his way out of a paper bag; has ONE season over 700 yards in five years; and will turn 29 next year.

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