The Injury Gods dropped the hammer on the Miami Dolphins with the news that big-time free agent tight end acquisition Dustin Keller will miss the entire 2013 season with a knee injury.
Keller suffered the injury during Miami's Saturday night's preseason matchup against the Houston Texans.
Keller was among the biggest signings for the Fins this offseason, and was expected to help the offense in a major way. Now, the Dolphins are left to turn to Michael Egnew or Charles Clay.
Injuries are always the biggest concerns going into any meaningless preseason game. But Keller's injury was especially awful, as the injury bug came, saw, and obliterated the crap out of Miami's starting tight end situation.
Keller reportedly tore his ACL, PCL, and MCL -- pretty much every ligament in the knee but one. He also dislocated his kneecap. Because, overkill.
The injury occurred when Texans safety D.J. Swearinger hit Keller in the knee with his helmet when he went in for a tackle. Keller dropped the pass, and crumpled to the ground.
Showing a brave face, Keller sent out a statement via email:
"I just want everyone to know that as disappointing as this is I don't want anybody feeling sorry for me," Keller wrote. "It's going to be a hard road back, but I promise I'm going to come back stronger, faster and be a better player than before.
"I'm very confident that my team is going to have a great season and even though I won't be on the field this year I am behind my guys 100%! More than anything, I'd like to thank all my family, friends and teammates for their prayers and support. I'm glad to have the support system in my life that I do."
Now the Fins, who have never been a team of depth, are not only forced to turn to Egnew and his two career games, and Clay, who is more of a fullback than a tight end, but they'll have to start making phone calls to potential free agents.
And that's no good.
Keller's injury is a devastating blow. In the short time he was on the roster, Keller had been developing chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
So to recap: the Injury Gods are total pricks.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!