What has been feared ever since Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller was carted off of the field last night in Houston has become official: It’s a torn ACL, MCL, PCL and a dislocated knee cap, which will end his 2013 season.
It’s the worst-case scenario for Keller, whose recovery process will be a long and strenuous journey.
The Dolphins will now have to make do with Charles Clay, Dion Sims and Michael Egnew at the position while general manager Jeff Ireland ponders the idea of signing a free agent or attempting to work out a trade.
Miami isn’t likely to find another tight end who has the seam-stretching ability Keller had, but they’ll need to find a marginally productive option over the middle of the field for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to work with.
Keller going down is a huge blow for the Dolphins, but if Tannehill is the quarterback many hope he is, the offense will be just fine. Take Tom Brady for example: The Patriots’ offense hasn’t skipped a beat after losing several weapons during the offseason.
Tannehill isn’t near the caliber of passer Brady is and likely never will be. But good quarterback play is what makes an offense tick. If Tannehill can provide that in 2013, the Dolphins will miss Keller but they’ll have the ability to get the job done without him.