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Indications aren’t good for Dustin Keller after leg injury

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The Dolphins lost tight end Dustin Keller to a leg injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Texans and it’s looking like they may not be getting him back anytime soon.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Keller is likely out for the season after the injury, which saw Keller’s knee shift to a precarious position after taking a blow from the helmet of Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is hearing the same thing about Keller’s outlook and reports that the Dolphins have already started calling around about possible additions at the position.

Losing Keller would be a serious blow for the Dolphins offense since his arrival was cited as one of the reasons to believe that the team would be more productive on offense than they were last season. Long one of the few reliable targets for Mark Sanchez with the Jets, Keller was expected to play the same role for Ryan Tannehill.

Keller is on a one-year deal that he signed with the intent of playing well enough to turn it into a more lucrative and longer-lasting contract before the 2014 season. If the indications about the severity of his injury prove correct, Keller’s not going to get that deal and the whole thing will turn out to be an unfortunate lose-lose situation in Miami.

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22 Responses to “Indications aren’t good for Dustin Keller after leg injury”
  1. jakescott13 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:28 AM

    Huge bummer. Good luck Keller

  2. keylimelight says: Aug 18, 2013 10:34 AM

    I wasn’t watching when it happened and from looking at the stills, I’m glad I didn’t see it.

    But, what is conspicuously absent from all the Keller reports is whether the opponent was flagged for coming in too low as well as speculation about being fined for helmet abuse. Most reports don’t even mention the other player by name.

    Was this a dirty hit? or just an accidental football injury?

  3. dolphincritic says: Aug 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    This is a tough one! I watched the hit. It was helmet to knee. The hit did not look intentional. No flag either; just bad luck for Keller and the Dolphins. Let’s all wish Justin a complete recovery.

    There are lots of Dolphins nursing Ouchie-poos! This one is a legitimate long term injury.

  4. green41563 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    Rough stuff.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:37 AM

    Tough luck for Keller and the Fins.

    After all the offseason moves Miami made I thought they were going to be a pretty good team this year. Now with all the injuries and seeming lack of chemistry this could be another Eagles type dream team that fails miserably.

    The Bills are actually shaping up to take over the #2 spot in the AFCE I think.

  6. FinFan68 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:38 AM

    Damn shame. Tannehill looked quite comfortable with Keller as a safety valve. I doubt there are many viable veteran options at TE available and the Dolphins only have young unproven guys on the roster. Egnew can’t block well but he has decent speed and hands. He could fill that role IF he gets his head right and steps up.

  7. 1uniquename says: Aug 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    So unfortunate for the dolphins, a team that can be 6-10 or 11-5 if things fell their way. This will cost the dolphins at least one of those wins and will be very difficult to avoid it costing even more. 9-7 is now my prediction, had them at a hopeful 10-6 previously.

  8. dolphinatic13 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    You could tell right away that it wasn’t going to be good news. Best of luck to Keller on his recovery and lets hope Miami can find a suitable replacement to compliment Tannehill. The 1st team looked pretty good against the Texan’s D. Stay tuned…

  9. billhicks666 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    I saw the play. The hit wasn’t dirty, just one of those unfortunate things. You could tell Swearinger felt bad about it, too. He went over to Keller and shook his hand when they put him on the cart, told him he was sorry, I assume. Hope you get back to 100% sooner rather than later, Keller.

  10. jonevans83 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    The rookie even admitted all he does is aim for the knee now. He just ran and dove and aimed his helmit right for his knee cap. No attempt at using his hands or anything.

  11. wgray981 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    Seriously is it just me or are there more injuries than normal this preseason??

  12. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Aug 18, 2013 11:12 AM

    Watched the replay several times & it looks like your average NFL low tackle. They are not playing tiddly wincks folks! It didn’t look intentional as far a going after his knee specifically but rather just a unfortunate angle on taking his legs out from under him as he was turning up field. Thats a large % of tackles in the league so I don’t think you’d want to or even know how to make that type illegal? Too bad, its bad luck for Keller coming off that hamstring from last year. He is a good dude & great player when healthy. Hope he can come back next year! God speed Dustin!

  13. dontbjelousofne says: Aug 18, 2013 11:17 AM

    Keller was tannenhills security blanket.. The Te is a important position in there offense. huge loss for the Phins. Too bad. Good luck d.k

  14. simonwelds says: Aug 18, 2013 11:19 AM

    Unfortunate for Keller… Hope he recovers soon. On the flipside this will help tannehill. Inside of dump offs etc.. He will be forced to look down field and go through his progressions

  15. hdahs143 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:29 AM

    So is there any MRI results yet, i.e. something specific, or just Garafolo and Salguero’s expert medical opinions based on the same video we have all seen?

  16. shelleyv68 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    That’s so unfortunate.. lots of injuries for all teams.

  17. endzone says: Aug 18, 2013 12:13 PM

    I feel so badly for players like poor Kellet here hurt so badly for these meaningless preseason games. The injuries during the regular season are horrible but having this happen to you in the preseason is heinous. I don’t blame the veterans who don’t want to play these dumb games. I wish they would get rid of them before nobody is left standing to play the real games. And asking these guys to risk maiming for 18 games in order to get rid of the preseason is stupid too. The season of 16 games should just start first week of September and that’s that. It’s a brave sport played at the velocity of car wrecks. It ain’t baseball or even basketball. Have a heart.

  18. jrs45 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:15 PM

    It was clean.

  19. polamalurulz43 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:49 PM

    Watch the Fins make a play for Tony Moeaki. Why, because he was a Pioli pick, Reid has already drafted his own guy this year, and both teams are WC systems.

  20. boyshole25 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    Tore Pcl acl mcl and dislocated knee

  21. jaychristsays says: Aug 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    Torn ACL, MCL and PCL in the right knee as well as a dislocated knee cap. Brutal. Hoping Keller has a good recovery. Take your time, don’t rush things after an injury this bad.

  22. chewingonlightbulbs says: Aug 18, 2013 2:32 PM

    “I feel so badly for players like poor Kellet here hurt so badly for these meaningless preseason games. The injuries during the regular season are horrible but having this happen to you in the preseason is heinous. I don’t blame the veterans who don’t want to play these dumb games. I wish they would get rid of them before nobody is left standing to play the real games. And asking these guys to risk maiming for 18 games in order to get rid of the preseason is stupid too. The season of 16 games should just start first week of September and that’s that. It’s a brave sport played at the velocity of car wrecks. It ain’t baseball or even basketball. Have a heart.”
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    That wouldn’t prevent players from getting hurt in practice. And I can’t even imagine the body count if the first contact the players have is in the first regular season game.

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