Images of the injury showed its extent. Hit on the right knee, Keller clutched the joint in pain during a second-quarter play. Fox Sports 1′s Alex Marvez confirmed Sunday that the tight end will be out for the season due to the injury.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday morning that Keller tore his ACL, PCL and MCL, and also dislocated his knee.
Unable to put weight on his left, Keller was carted off the field.
On the play, Texans safety D.J. Swearinger went low to avoid a helmet-to-helmet hit with Keller. However, Swearinger’s head connected to Keller’s knee, bending it backwards.
Swearinger said he hoped for a speedy recover by Keller, but said he delivered a clean hit.
@JungleBoi_Swagg: “Everybody pray 4 justin keller….i pray you have a speedy recovery bro…and kill it when you get back…. DEFINITELY wasnt intentional.”
Swearinger thinks the league, constantly concerned about concussions, should be more worried about lower body injuries and their implications on a player’s career.
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“The rules say you can’t hit high so I went low and I’m sorry that happened,” Swearinger told The Palm Beach Post. “I would think you’d rather have more concussions than leg injuries. Leg injury, you can’t come back from that. A concussion, you be back in a couple in a couple of weeks.”
Earlier in the exhibition, Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins left the game with a head injury.
“He got a concussion,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after the game. “I don’t know exactly what play it happened on, but I thought something was wrong. He seemed a bit woozy. I told (Wide Receivers Coach) Larry (Kirksey) to get him out of there and then we checked him out. He’s fine now, he’s doing fine, but we’re obviously going to put him through the protocol.”
No return timetable has been announced for Hopkins, who is expected to emerge as the Texans’ No. 2 receiver behind Pro-Bowler Andre Johnson.
Hopkins, called 27th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, had two catches Saturday before leaving the game. He made highlight reels with a 34-yard touchdown catch in his first NFL exhibition game.
Injury is no stranger to Keller, who struggled through last season with the New York Jets.
Signed as a free agent, Keller was fast becoming a contributor and developing a connection with second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Keller had one catch for 14 yards Saturday before the injury.
He signed a one-year deal in the offseason and appeared on track to be the Dolphins’ starting tight end. The team is thin at the position, having to replace Anthony Fasano after he left to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fourth-round pick Dion Sims is touted as a blocker, and third-year player Michael Egnew was fighting for a roster spot. Charles Clay is a hybrid fullback.
The Texans will likely look for a veteran replacement. On the market, the Palm Beach Post noted, are former Dolphins player Randy McMichael and fellow journeyman Todd Heap.
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