Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller suffered one of the worst possible injuries an athlete can endure. During a preseason contest against the Houston Texans, Keller was hit helmet-to-knee and ultimately wound up dislocating his kneecap. The hit tore three major ligaments — his ACL, MCL and PCL.
Keller was set to be a big part of the Dolphins’ offense as he and wideout Mike Wallace were two additions the team was excited about adding this offseason. Now, the Dolphins find themselves in need of a replacement, and options are somewhat limited in terms of experience.
Wallace knows how much this injury hurts because of how well he thought Keller fit in, but he also knows that this is just yet another opportunity for his teammates to step up.
“This is football. He’s a great guy, great player, but things happen all the time. Next man up. We’ve got to keep it going, keep fighting for him, keep pushing….We’ve just got to keep playing,” Wallace said according to the Sun Sentinel.
The likely replacement for Keller, right now, looks like it will be rookie Dion Sims, a fourth-round pick out of Michigan State. Sims has worked his way up the depth chart to the number two tight end and will have to step in and fill the void quickly.
“I’m going to do what I have to do to help the team out. You just have to step up and work. When it is my time to go I have to step up and do my job,” Sims said.
According to the Sentinel, the Dolphins are giving that same type of message to every single tight end and fullback on the roster. The time is now for those guys wanting to make the team. There has been a spot created, and somebody has to take it.