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Report: No nerve damage for Dustin Keller

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The knee injury that ended Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller’s season was severe, but it appears that it wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Keller avoided nerve or cartilage damage when he tore the ACL, MCL and PCL and dislocated the kneecap in his right knee. There was a particular fear about nerve damage because it might have seriously compromised his ability to resume his playing career after this season.

The injury is serious enough without the nerve damage that there can’t be any assumptions about Keller’s ability to return in 2014, but any good news is sure to be well received by the tight end as he starts out on the road to a comeback. How good that news turns out to be for a player whose greatest skills — speed, quickness and athleticism — are almost certainly going to be impacted by the torn ligaments and dislocated kneecap.

Keller was on a one-year deal with Miami, so he’ll likely need to prove that any drop in those areas is limited enough to still make him a productive player before he lands a contract for next season.

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25 Responses to “Report: No nerve damage for Dustin Keller”
  1. unbiasfan says: Aug 22, 2013 4:00 PM

    This is why you don’t go out and sign every single high-priced free agent on the market to one-year contracts and expect to be a successful franchise…

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    Fair hit, next.

  3. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 22, 2013 4:03 PM

    Wow…what luck!

  4. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 22, 2013 4:06 PM

    Well, since it’s considered a legal hit I am calling upon all DBs to take out the starting Donkey WRs so I don’t have to read another MegaHead story on this site.

  5. guppies66 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    Swearinger admitted his intentions to go after the knee. He is a piece of garbage.

  6. nicopenelope says: Aug 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    He was awesome when Favre was his QB. Hope Keller comes back as good as new!

  7. jwil007 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    Get well Keller…. No weapon formed against you shall prosper…Stay focused and you can come back just as good as AP, Carson Palmer, RG3, Welker and many others…

  8. pryor4heisman says: Aug 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    He will be bagging groceries in two years.

    His career is OVER…

  9. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 4:24 PM

    He is lucky. If he ran into the Steel Curtain you better believe there would be plenty of nerve damage.

  10. nflpoker says: Aug 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    It is great to hear he has no nerve damage. Hopefully, his career is not over.

  11. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    You hate to see it happen. Keller was set up to have a good year with Wallace running the deep routes and Hartline drawing the coverage underneath.

    Good news that there isn’t any nerve damage. Hopefully he makes a full recovery and gets back on the field next season.

  12. bsizemore68 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:34 PM

    Good news Dustin. Bill

  13. bsizemore68 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Pryor, you have no class, however don’t worry about because ” there is no cure for stupid ” Bill

  14. beachsidejames says: Aug 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    I’m glad all the Texan fans are happy that it was a legal hit. The players know better and will now not have to worry about giving the same treatment to the Texan players. I sure hope Shaub knees can take that type of legal hit.

  15. byroan says: Aug 22, 2013 4:45 PM

    unbiasfan says: Aug 22, 2013 4:00 PM

    This is why you don’t go out and sign every single high-priced free agent on the market to one-year contracts and expect to be a successful franchise…

    ———————————

    This is why you don’t post on a message board unless you know what you’re talking about.

  16. danthman42 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:02 PM

    unbiasfan says:
    Aug 22, 2013 4:00 PM
    This is why you don’t go out and sign every single high-priced free agent on the market to one-year contracts and expect to be a successful franchise…

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    flawless logic, bro. because this type of thing would never happen to someone they drafted, acquired via trade, or signed to a longer contract, right? in fact, i’m sure ireland is kicking himself for not giving him a fully guaranteed 5-year deal like the jets love to do, so we could be sitting on a ton of dead money.

  17. Sonny says: Aug 22, 2013 5:07 PM

    You he’ll never play again when this is what he’s reported to avoided.

  18. scmems07 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:26 PM

    can he play!!

    (varsity blues reference)

  19. scmems07 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:28 PM

    unbiasfan says:
    Aug 22, 2013 4:00 PM
    This is why you don’t go out and sign every single high-priced free agent on the market to one-year contracts and expect to be a successful franchise…

    what the heck does this have to do with a player getting injured? were you serious when you typed this?

  20. floridafootballologist says: Aug 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    “This is why you don’t go out and sign every single high-priced free agent on the market to one-year contracts and expect to be a successful franchise…”
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    yeah, because if they had signed him to a long-term contract he wouldn’t have gotten hit in the knee. Wow. Just. Wow.

  21. j0esixpack says: Aug 22, 2013 8:07 PM

    Even though I can’t stand the Fins (some fans of whom seemed to be planning their Championship parade based on the draft and free agency) I hate to see even a division rival’s player go down like this.

    Injuries and bad hits are part of the game – but I’d prefer to see the Fins get whomped at full strength – without giving their fans any excuses.

    They probably shouldn’t have had all their eggs in one TE basket though

    Hopefully Keller is young enough to come back from this injury next year.

  22. tarniman says: Aug 22, 2013 8:33 PM

    I heard the steelers TE torn 3 ligs in his knee last yr. He is scheduled to return early this season….RG3 did the same thing also scheduled to return this yr. There is hope for Keller…The Dolphins will resign him next season but for a bargain price because of the injury instead of a huge contract that he would have demanded if he didn’t get hurt.

  23. tarniman says: Aug 22, 2013 8:39 PM

    For everybody saying this is a clean hit….I bet Kubiak would’t allow Swearinger to make that “clean hit” during practice on any of his TEs or recievers….I wonder why….cause its dirty and probably result in injuries

  24. tarniman says: Aug 22, 2013 9:59 PM

    The play was ruled an incomplete pass because Keller got hit immediately directly in his knee after catching it and dropped the ball. He was a defenseless player in that situation. Nobody would like to be hit like that…..Swearinger could have very easily taken him down with a mid section hit in that type of situation. Yes keller is 40 pounds heavier but keller was standing still straight up…Swearinger is 208lbs coming with lots of momentum behind him so the force of impact would have been more like 400 lbs. The fact that keller is 40 lbs heavier wouldn’t had mattered in this situation because keller didn’t even have time to embrace himself for the hit

  25. godzillapimpin says: Aug 22, 2013 11:19 PM

    the hit was dirty. If you dont believe it watch it. the texans anouncer questioned the moral of their player. If its legal, next time i wanna see the wake injure brady’s knee and say he did not want to hit his head. Let the NFL decide then. Im older loved the old hits back in the day but diving at the knee when the receiver had no momentum, common

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