The Miami Dolphins lost their Saturday preseason game against the Houston Texans, but the loss wasn’t on their mind.
During the game Dustin Keller suffered an awful knee injury, and the teams’ worst fear came true. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that he would be out the rest of the season with a torn ACL, MCL, PCL and a dislocated kneecap, basically a shredded knee.
Dustin Keller emailed Rapoport Sunday expressing his feeling towards his leg and showing his gratitude for the well wishes he has been receiving.
“I just want everyone to know that as disappointing as this is, I don’t want anybody feeling sorry for me,” the email said. “It’s going to be a hard road back, but I promise I’m going to come back stronger, faster and be a better player than before,”
“I’m very confident that my team is going to have a great season and even though I won’t be on the field this year I am behind my guys 100%! More than anything, I’d like to thank all my family, friends and teammates for their prayers and support. I’m glad to have the support system in my life that I do.”
With Keller out for the season, it leaves a hole at the tight end position. Yes, Miami could find another man, but his catching ability won’t be easy to replace.
With Keller on the field, Ryan Tannehill would have had a sure handed target underneath and leave Mike Wallace open down field. But now, Charles Clay, Michael Egnew and rookie Dion Sims will have to fill in Keller's position and the Dolphins will have to rearrange its offensive approach.
As for Keller, it’s a tough pill to swallow, as he was expected to have a big season.
Miami now has to find a new tight end, while some wonder if Dustin Keller will ever play again.