Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the 2013 season because of a serious right knee injury he sustained against the Houston Texans on Saturday night.
The injury occurred when D.J. Swearinger tackled Keller during an incomplete pass. The moment he fell to the ground, Keller grabbed his knee and was eventually carted off the field.
Swearinger felt bad for the hit, and, on Sunday morning, he talked about the hit with The Palm Beach:
“I was making a hit playing football. In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine. I’m playing football, bro. I don’t know if anybody think I did wrong, but it’s football and at the end of the day I pray for him, I hope he has a speedy recovery. It’s a thing you never want to happen.”After the game, Swearinger told The Palm Beach Post that “it was a clean hit.”
Keller signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins during the offseason. Before his trip to Miami, Keller spent five seasons with the New York Jets. Keller had hoped to prove to his new coaches that he was deserving of a long-term contract extension.
Before his injury on Saturday night, Keller had one catch for 14 yards on the night.
With Dustin Keller out of the running, the tight end position will be fought for by rookie Dion Sims, Michael Egnew, Charles Clay, and Kyle Miller
Here’s the tweet D.J. Swearinger sent out after Saturday nights unintentional injury tackle:
Everybody pray 4 justin keller….i pray you have a speedy recovery bro…and kill it when you get back…. DEFINITELY wasnt intentional..
— DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) August 18, 2013
The hit definitely didn’t look intentional, but it’s still nice to see NFL players watching out for one another given all the controversy surrounding the league these days.