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Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller carted off

Dustin Keller AP

Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller was taken from the field on a cart in the second quarter of Saturday’s exhibition game at Houston after sustaining an apparent right leg injury.

As seen in this graphic still shot of a TV replay from Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, Keller’s leg bent awkwardly on the play in which he appeared to be injured.

The 28-year-old Keller signed with the Dolphins in the offseason after spending five seasons with the Jets. He’s expected to be a key part of a passing game that had an otherwise strong first half on Saturday night. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 10-of-15 passes for 141 yards, and wideout Mike Wallace racked up 58 receiving yards and caught a touchdown. However, if Keller were lost for an extended length of time, it could prove a material blow to Miami’s offense.

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34 Responses to “Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller carted off”
  1. thelastbesthope says: Aug 17, 2013 10:14 PM

    I saw it live. It was Bad.

    damn

  2. michaelswork says: Aug 17, 2013 10:17 PM

    Swearinger lined him up and cheap shot him, the replay showed he went for the knee on purpose. CHEAP SHOT from a idiot! Preseason or not, that has to be fined. That was dirty!

  3. silverhornet says: Aug 17, 2013 10:17 PM

    Dirty hit by Swearinger.

  4. jonevans83 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:18 PM

    Cheapest shot ever.

  5. basexc9 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:21 PM

    Punk

  6. prior913 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:22 PM

    Hope for a full recovery. Hate seeing players, regardless of the team the play on, get hurt especially in meaningless preseason games.

  7. michaelswork says: Aug 17, 2013 10:23 PM

    Dirty Cheap Shot Artist!

  8. mrjpil says: Aug 17, 2013 10:25 PM

    I HATE PRESEASON!!!

  9. spoilerfutbol says: Aug 17, 2013 10:26 PM

    I just remember Dolphins fans celebrating that false alarm in Brady´s knee, an injury is a bad thing, please dont do it again.

    I hope Keller will play again, that was a horrible play.

  10. turkjones says: Aug 17, 2013 10:27 PM

    Keller might get Wally Pipp’d by Charles Clay. I think Clay brings the same element to the passing game but his blocking doesn’t resemble a turnstile, like Keller.

  11. kd75 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:28 PM

    Shanahan would have kept him in the game.

  12. dolphindubs says: Aug 17, 2013 10:29 PM

    What kind of a player tries to put helmet on another one’s knee? Dirty cheap shot by the rook.

  13. squinn21 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:30 PM

    You rookie idiot!!!!! No need to go for the knee at all, guy wasn’t even looking up the field. That looked really bad, Keller might never be the same after that.

  14. basexc9 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:31 PM

    Also, the Texans announcers are terrible

  15. conquerpeace4d says: Aug 17, 2013 10:31 PM

    Hits, and subsequent injuries like this will be more common because Goodell has lowered the target zone for defenders. Unfortuneate.

  16. bulldogx86 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:37 PM

    I think the reason he went low bc last game he went for the big hit and bounced right off the receiver. Iv noticed this game he has gone low on every tackle. None the less I feel bad for Keller, looks like he will be out for most of the season.

  17. axespray says: Aug 17, 2013 10:38 PM

    So … James Harrison was right about the whole “There’s probably gonna be more knee injuries now, since there’s a ton of fines for upper body shots.” ?

  18. turkjones says: Aug 17, 2013 10:40 PM

    conquerpeace4d says:
    Aug 17, 2013 10:31 PM
    Hits, and subsequent injuries like this will be more common because Goodell has lowered the target zone for defenders. Unfortuneate.
    ———————–

    Long-term, blown ACLs are a lot easier to cope with than CTE and other brain-related traums. Ask Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Justin Strzelczyk, et al.

  19. ryann252013 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:42 PM

    Even though he’s a dolphin now it’s a real shame to see Dustin go down with such a brutal injury. Seemed like great guy here in NJ always backed his teammates no matter how terrible they were, he’s the type of guy you want in your locker room. Wishing Dustin a quick and speedy recovery!

  20. miamikillerdolphins says: Aug 17, 2013 10:48 PM

    Damn! What a big big lost for us!! It look serious like a ACL!!!

  21. prijak1 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:03 PM

    The NFL needs fine this rookie BIG…. You just don’t cheap shot. The rookies new nick name should be CheapShot

  22. phinfan19722013 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:30 PM

    Whole lotta texans going for crackback blocks and knees tonight. Is this how they always play?

  23. papoose059 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:32 PM

    This is no doubt a season ending injury. It’s insult to injury for Keller -who is playing on a 1 year contract- that he chose not to accept a 2 year deal in hopes of legitimizing himself by having a big contract year.

  24. rabbi187 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:00 AM

    Anybody saying that was a cheap shot needs to stick to soccer. If anybody needs to be blamed it’s the NFL and them “protecting players.” if he went high, he would have been fined $10k and all you women would still be complaining…

  25. ecarlso8 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:15 AM

    DK hurt again… I saw this coming. Fins are gonna suck

  26. firstand4ever says: Aug 18, 2013 12:42 AM

    I am a big Jets fan. I feel bad for Dustin Keller. I hope that his injury isn’t that serious. He’s a good player and a good person. Class act. It’s a shame to see any player get hurt like that. The Dolphins have some promising depth and versatility at the tight end position but Keller would have been a great asset to Ryan Tannehill.

  27. doob187 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:56 AM

    Cheap shot, scum bag Texans. May Swearinger get decapitated in the next preseason game.

  28. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2013 1:34 AM

    Gosh that’s rough luck to be fighting hard to make the play while at the same time putting your physical body in jeopardy. Hopefully he will be ok to compete soon again.

  29. brokerhenry says: Aug 18, 2013 1:35 AM

    I saw that hit live and I knew it was bad. There was no call to hit Keller like that. It was a cheap shot. There is no way anyone could watch that play and not reach that conclusion. Why in the world would anyone want to injure a fellow brother in the trenches like that?!?!?! That was as cheap a shot as you would ever find.

  30. rcali says: Aug 18, 2013 3:48 AM

    Keller is cursed.

  31. gsb333 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    Cheap shot or not… losing Keller is huge blow. Was going to be one of top receivers this year. Hope he can get back at some point.

    Starters should have been out by that point though.

  32. lowlifenebula says: Aug 18, 2013 10:25 AM

    didn’t really look like a legitimate cheap shot. especially with the fines piling up for higher hits, he did what he was suppose to do.

  33. jrs45 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:16 PM

    It was clean.

  34. irkjames says: Aug 18, 2013 3:55 PM

    The only person to blame is ROGER GOODELL and the OWNERS OF THE NFL.

    These old rich men, who have never played football at a respectable level, are the ones who lowered the target on defenders.

    Rules being changed by people who have never really played a down in their life???

    Something has got to change.

    Good luck to Dustin Keller. I wish him the best in the future. He can bounce back. He has the talent.

    Fins up.

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