The cart. The dejected look on his face. The photo basically says a 1,000 words. Poor Dustin Keller – he intentionally signed a one-year deal on the hopes that he could have a strong season and cash in next year in the 2014 free agency market. Instead, Keller’s Dolphin career will hold at zero catches, zero yards for at least the 2013 season as he will be OUT for the year. It was a horrific injury and grisly play to look at as Keller tore his ACL, PCL, MCL and dislocated his kneecap. It was akin to the injury Marcus Lattimore suffered last season at South Carolina. Keller’s career is potentially over. He’ll turn 30 in September 2014 the next time he can play and coming off a very serious knee injury in a young man’s game.
Dustin Keller certainly wasn’t an elite option but he was an intriguing #2 TE and could have been the 2nd option for the Dolphins this year. The injury paves the way for either Dion Sims or Michael Egnew to get the starting job, or potentially FB/TE Charles Clay to get more work. In the updated 2013 projections, we gave most of the bump to Sims and he’s a deep-end sleeper now in the Travis Kelce area. Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson also got slight boosts. Hartline is currently ranked as the WR55. The injury though is not good news for Ryan Tannehill and the stability of the Dolphins’ offense in general. Tannehill took a ding in projections and he drops below a few QBs (Brandon Weeden, E.J. Manuel, and Alex Smith all look like better gambles).