Every NFL team’s worst nightmare is to lose a key player for the season in a meaningless preseason contest. Last night, the Miami Dolphins had this fear realized when tight end Dustin Keller went down with a frightening knee injury.
Today, reports have surfaced that Dustin Keller tore his ACL, MCL, PCL, and dislocated his right knee when he was hit on an incomplete pass. Keller, one of the NFL’s more productive players at the tight end position, had decided to sign a one-year deal this season instead of a more long-term contract with the Dolphins in the hopes of cashing in during free agency in next off-season.
Now, Dustin Keller is facing a difficult and extensive rehab simply to have a chance to return to the field. The recoveries of Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, and Robert Griffin III have shown that recent advances in medicine and athletic training can help return players to the field in record time. Undoubtedly, Keller will look to the recoveries of these athletes as he works to come back from this devastating injury.