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Knee Injury To Sideline Dolphins' Dustin Keller For The Year

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Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.
Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

Miami Dolphins TE Dustin Keller is going to miss the 2013 NFL season after sustaining multiple injuries to his right leg. The injury occurred when Houston Texans S D.J. Swearinger hit him in the knee following a short catch. Keller was in clear pain, and he had to be carted off the field.

The ACL, MCL and PCL have all been torn in addition to a dislocated kneecap, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. He tore just about everything possible in his right knee, and doctors also fear that there may be nerve damage.

After spending his first five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, Keller left the team for Miami via free agency. He took a huge gamble by signing a one-year, $4.25 million deal with the hopes of parlaying that into a bigger, multi-year contract. Now, Keller’s career may be in jeopardy, and he certainly has his work cut out for him if he hopes to rehab and get back onto the field.

Keller was having a strong training camp with the Dolphins, having developed clear chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill. Whether he'll be able to continue and build upon that chemistry remains to be seen.

Keller emailed the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, saying, “I want everyone to know that as disappointing as this is I don't want anybody feeling sorry for me. I'd like to thank all my family, friends and teammates for their prayers and support.”