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Dustin Keller suffers gruesome injury against Texans

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By Sid Saraf, This is hard to look at. The Dolphins were in Houston to take on the Texans on Saturday in a preseason game. Tight end Dustin Keller caught a pass from QB Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter and was hit by defensive back D.J. Swearinger. That's when Keller's knee twisted, as you can see above. Keller immediately crumpled to the ground and had to be taken off the field on a cart. Since then, NFL writers Alex Marvez and Mike Garafolo have reported that Keller will miss the entire 2013  season. “I was making a hit playing football,” Swearinger told Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. “In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine. . . . “The rules say you can’t hit high so I went low and I’m sorry that happened. I would think you’d rather have more concussions than leg injuries. Leg injury, you can’t come back from that. A concussion, you be back in a couple in a couple of weeks.”

  Meanwhile, Keller's family was anxiously looking for details:   Was the hit dirty? It's the subject of debate:     Obviously, this is a huge blow for the Dolphins. We here at Laces Out are sending out positive thoughts to Keller, his family and the Dolphins. What an awful moment. Questions? Comments? Send them to and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!