Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the season due to extensive knee injury caused by a hit from Houston Texans rookie safety D.J. Swearinger in Saturday’s preseason game at Reliant Stadium.
Keller tore his ACL, MCL and PCL and suffered a dislocated knee when, after receiving a short pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Swearinger came sliding in underneath him and made a knee level tackle.
The move resulted in Swearinger’s helmet crashing against Keller’s knees. The Texans prevailed 24-17.
Swearinger pointed out that he went low because going high would’ve resulted in a fine for helmet-to-helmet contact. He apologized to Keller on Twitter afterwards.
The injury has a big financial impact on Keller, who refused a long-term deal with the Miami Dolphins in favor of a one-year $4.5 million contract in order to cash in on the free-agent market in 2014.