The new-look offense of the Miami Dolphins took a presumptive hit on Saturday night, when newly-acquired tight end Dustin Keller was carted off the field in the 2nd quarter of the team’s preseason game with the Houston Texans.
Keller, who has played his entire career with the New York Jets, suffered an injury to his right leg, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter added this thought via Twitter:
Dolphins TE Dustin Keller, who suffered what looked like a gruesome knee injury, is undergoing an MRI tonight.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2013
“Gruesome” is a very accurate word for how Keller’s injury looked, and while it is too early to speculate on the exact nature of the injury, it certainly didn’t look positive. Keller is expected to be a primary pass-catching option for the Dolphins this year, and his acquisition was designed to support Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline on the outside with a reliable, over-the-middle option.
In his career, Keller has caught 241 balls for 2,876 yards and 17 touchdowns in 5 seasons. His talent level probably exceeds that production, but he’s been saddled with the inconsistent (to be kind) quarterback play of the Jets. We will know much more about Keller’s status for the season after the MRI results return, but for tonight, the Dolphins will have to worry about his health while images of an ugly injury on their brains.