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Dolphins react to Dustin Keller's knee injury

HOUSTON -- Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who has a curious habit of not even fielding questions about injuries, had no choice late Saturday but answer questions about the right knee injury to tight end Dustin Keller.

Philbin said it is too early to determine the seriousness of Keller's injury, although sources within the team are fearing the worst. Philbin said he's hopeful the club gets Keller back sooner rather than later.

The mood in the locker room wasn't nearly so upbeat. Players saw the replay. Some heard Keller writhe in pain when he took defensive back D.J. Swearinger's helmet to the side of his knee. They saw Keller have to be helped up to get on a cart and leave the field via that cart.

"Really painful," receiver Brian Hartline said. "Guy worked his tail off. He was going to be a big part of our offense. It hurt. It's a shame. It's part of the game. There's not much you can do. It's part of playing the game. I'd like to see a higher tackle but you can't blame a guy for trying to make a play."

"It's just an unfortunate thing that happened out there," receiver Mike Wallace said. "Big part of our offense, but that's football. Things happen all the time but it's unfortunate. He's a great guy. Great player. I hate to see that happen. It looked pretty bad. I'm pretty sure he'll be out for a while but it's next man up. Play for him, through him. He's going to watch us, I know that. We just have to keep playing."

If Keller is out for a significant time, perhaps even the season, as expected, the Dolphins might turn to rookie Dion Sims. Or they could go with Charles Clay, who is more a hybrid H-back type player but is closer to the seam threat that Keller was. He may have to move to tight end now.

Clay says he's ready.

"It's been something I've worked on a lot, not only last season but this offseason,"Clay said. "It's something that I feel comfortable doing. But it's something I also feel I need to work on as well. If I'm the next guy up, I'm going to go out there and give it everything I have."

Clay says he benefitted from Keller's presence the last few months in that the veteran gave him tips on how to do his job even before the snap of the ball.

"I've been learning the little things that separate the good players from great players," Clay said. "That's the things I've learned from Dustin -- reading coverages, knowing what to expect before the play starts, things like that. I'm still working on it but that's probably where I've made the most growth so far. I've been working really hard on my blocking. I feel like I've come a long way."

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who quickly built a good chemistry with Keller, was optimistic other players would fill the role.

"Those guys are going to have to step up and fill the void," Tannehill said. "I think we have guys that can do it. Now, it's just a matter of making it happen."

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Samunda is still the Backup Center, and can play both Guards.

Hell, the city of Miami will throw a ticker tape parade if this wretched team ever hits 8-8 again.....

Yellow,


You have serious issues. You may need some help. Do you suffer from hallucinations and do you confuse dreams with reality?

Who are you talking to actually?


p.s. Yards on a penalty don't count because it was the penalty that allowed them. Also, out of our 5 RB's, Miller had the lowest YPC.

Now, why are you so hostile? Before the game I said the competition was not yet over. Nothing more. And you took as some grand personal offensive.

Get help.

Soon.

Please don't come back until then.

Dashi did call it before anyone else on the LBs. He was calling for a change with at LB and the fins did just that by acquiring Ellerbe and Wheeler and releasing Dansby and Burnett. Dashi was complaining about the LBs all of last year and siting that as a big problem on the team. We have to give him credit as he was the only one that saw that coming.

Cuban gave me the same business before the game. But post game he manned up like a gentleman. No hostility. This blog is for adults, not kiddie poolers.

If Matt Moore was the QB, Keller would be fine and ready to practice this week. Tannehill has poor accuracy. Matt Moore throws a much better ball.


Posted by: Paul | August 18, 2013 at 01:09 PM

Exactly! Had Tannehill hit him in stride, where the ball was supposed to be, Keller would still be playing today.


The fallout from this I've heard no one mention yet, is will Tannehill's receivers now begin to fear and lose confidence in in him?

This is a legit concern because other receivers have notice Tannehill throwing behind them. Now they see he had at least a little to do with one of the prized fa hauls being out for he season.

Im sure Tannehill's receiving corps now has the all warm and fuzzies for Tannehill after seeing this. Im sure they wont even attempt to try and catch Tannehill's behid the receiver passes now. What smart receiver would?

Dashi, put the Yellow back in front of your name.

Unfortunately Tannehill will go down the Jay Fiedler road. Good at times, makes you think he will turn the corner, but never does. Actually at this point many will probably argue Jay Fiedler was better than Tannehill, which is sad. But its only Tannehill's second year. Given his 8th pick status he will be around for 4 years before they pull the plug. So fans hang on for the roller coaster ride.

IS IT BASKETBALL SEASON YET?

Fiedler takes a bad rap because he couldn't live up to Marino standards. He may have been the best post Marino QB we've had. Who'd have known it wouldn't get any better for decades.

17 in Yur A**......why not turn the gun on yourself...that should end everyone's major "misery" here....

There is this crazy guy named Kris standing on the street corner holding a picture of Obama and saying his real name is YG.


Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | August 18, 2013 at 01:14 PM

Dashi was not the only one complaining about the lb's last year. I was too. Dansby was dropping pick and missing tackles all over the place.

Many of the pundits in the sports media had been questioning Dansby's worth since his arrival. This was nothing new. He was seen as a decent lb, not someone you make the highest paid lb in the league.

Dashi has no original opinion about anything. He just parrots what he hears from others.


17 in Yur A**......why not turn the gun on yourself...that should end everyone's major "misery" here....

Posted by: Buster | August 18, 2013 at 01:23 PM


Truth hurts doesn't it? For the life of me, I'll never figure why fans like you, consider fans accepting the truth are any less fans

In life, the sooner truth is accepted , the sooner real changes can be made. A fresh coat of paint on a condemned building doesn't all of sudden make it a safe dwelling....

A fresh coat of paint on a condemned building doesn't all of sudden make it a safe dwelling....

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 18, 2013 at 01:29 PM


I sure I wish I knew that sooner. I just painted.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 18, 2013 at 01:25 PM

OK fair enough. I only remember Dashi because he seemed to be on this every game. Even when the rest of us were complaining about other Dolphin deficiencies and saying that there were other areas of need. There may have been others that wanted a change at LB and I just don't recall.

Dallas Clark and Kevin Boss are on the free agency market. What is the harm in bringing them in cheaply? Or trading for a TE on a team stacked with them for a very low round pick like a 7th rounder? I understand we want to see Simms and Egnew and Clay work out but I think the team has to bring in a veteran for Tannehill.

Look, YG is pretending again-lol.

YG laughed at people for merely mentioning Kuechley, citing we have a great LB in Dansby.

Hims is SO CUTE when hims pretending.

Dashi if you remember told us time and again how Long would be resigned at Irelands price.

Frank,

Kevin Boss still hasn't been medically cleared to lay from concussion. Actually I wouldn't go near him, with the luck we've been having bringing in previously injured players.

Odistank,

Here's what your fellow Queen Clubbers now think of you:

Oh YG you and your cut and paste crap. Amongst your many names are you Odin too? Cut and paste crazy?

Posted by: Darkoak | August 15, 2013 at 09:04 PM


Now, cut and paste this STINKO........ROTFLMAO>>>>>>>>>

Dashi says Spo is not a good coach even after he won back to back championships along with the second longest winning streak in basketball history. Huh?

Popovich thinks Spo is a great coach.

I wonder who knows best here?

With the emergence of Odrick and AJ Francis the biggest trade chip the fins have is Starks. Why not trade Starks to a team that needs a DT and get a veteran TE in return. TEs are security blankets for QBs and we just don't have a proven commodity at this point. Going into the season with Egnew, Clay, and Simms could be disastrous, especially if one of the big 3 receivers is injured. We need a veteran answer even if it is not as good an option as Dustin Keller.

Orlando,

This is not the Galeria Shopping mall where whatever you want is available. There are only 31 other teams. They have to need Starks AND have a TE that 1. they are willing to give up, and 2. that we want.

Now how many teams fit the bill?

Now YG was on the LB change wagon...

Lol....

This slips in and out of reality like an Alzheimer's patient....

Flippity-flop....floppity -flip.....

From this point forward....you are no longer YG to me....you will be called flipity-flop.....

Since you can't decide what screen name to use....

I will pick for you....and this one seems like a match made in hell......

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 18, 2013 at 01:08 PM

Dude I understand the losing records of the past. I am a diehard fan and have been disappointed too. I also understand if you are not sold yet on this team this year and want to see consistent wins before you jump aboard the bandwagon.

But the fact is this team made some aggressive and positive moves and there really is reason to be positive and optimistic. Our young QB IS MAKING PROGRESS and the past two preseason games he has zero turnovers, had TD drives and strong QB ratings. The additions of Grimes, Wallace, Gibson, Clabo, Ellerbe and Wheeler make this team more explosive. Younger players like Martin, Miller, and Gray show real progress and promise.

So, sorry if I am not going to come on this board DURING THE PRESEASON and Whine and Moan about 'what should have been done' or rant on an on about the Owner or GM.

I'd much rather focus on the windshield vs. the rearview mirror.

Tannehill’s TD pass was not on target and could have been intercepted. Maybe should have been intercepted.
Keller was running toward the right side of the end zone and an on-target pass would have led him that way. The pass instead drifted left as it came down. Luckily for the Dolphins, Keller saw that but safety Chris Prosinski did not. Prosinski kept his back to the ball and never located it while Keller made a nice, last-second adjustment backward, going down to make the grab.

Posted by: From PBP | August 11, 2013 at 08:59 AM

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So I just watched the first quarter for myself. YG..I'm with you..That pass was not a thing of beauty. First off. No need to throw it off balance. Set your freekin feet. Come on. 2 If the pass was on a rope. I would buy the great throw argument. But because it was a wobbly duck(because he didn't set his feet) It brings into play not only our receiver, but the opponents as well.
Tannehill is who he is. He had good moments, he had a few where he missed some opportunities(IMO). My gut feeling from this second game. Tannehill has not taken the step forward a lot of us had hoped he would.
Now I get it..1 quarter of a preseason game, and I have cold feet. That isn't it. I can only speak from what I have seen so far. and of course Tannehill gets the benefit of the doubt moving forward. But what has he done that is impressive? What has he done that would make anyone feel comfortable? To me he is closer to Blaine Gabbert at this point then he is someone who has shown complete control.

Posted by: DarrylDunphy | August 11, 2013 at 09:44 AM

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Many of you talk about trades as though we can just have our way. Keller down? Well heck, why not just make a trade for Graham? Tanne down? Well heck, lets give Starks and Moore for Rodgers.

If only it were that simple.

Dude was a thug in HS and is still a thug. His guidance counselor once told me he can barely read. He's a dumb@#s to the fullest extent. DJ IS A JERK!!!!!!!!!!!BULLY!!!!!!


I am CONFIDENT at this point.

Posted by: jpao | August 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

jpao-
I admire your enthusiamsm about the team. Many of us shared it during a busy offseason. But I think your analysis is a tad jaded by your love for the team.

This team has plenty of issues. Depth at almost every postion is one of them. Losing Keller shouldn't be catastrophic but, on this team, it very well could be. Why? Because the Fins lack depth. Our receiving corp is still below average and even Hartline disappears n games. The secondary lacks depth,and that typically proves to be a huge problem when you are facing Brady and a pass happy league. Our LB core lackes depth. Our OL line doesn't even offer 5 capable starters, let alone sufficient depth. Our RB's look average at best.
About the only position that surprisingly has depth (besides the DL) is QB. The problem there is we still don't know if we have one guy that can start!

Injuries WILL happen in the NFL. this proves one thing- The Front Office has still done a subpar job at assembling a first rate football team.

I hope I am proven wrong, but I don't see playoffs in the Fins immediate future.

LOVE FAKING

I did not realize that Boss has not been cleared. Dallas Clark can come on and get the job done catching the football better than what is currently on the roster. Tannehill needs a safety valve. Even at age 34, Clark gave Tampa some decent games last year. HE is a stop gap, veteran minimum one year player.

Anyone suggesting Moore is better than THILL should switch sports and become Tennis fans....you don't know anything about football.

Moore was HORRIBLE last night. He has been inconsistent and erratic his entire career, which is why he never keeps a starting NFL QB position for any team he has played on.

As for the other dumb comments on this board:

Dallas Clark is a Baltimore Raven...not available to the Fins.

Boss has suffered from constant concussions, is not cleared to play in the NFL and is reported to never return to it.

The injury to Keller is only the fault of the Defensive Player who hit him low and lead with his helmet. Stupid to suggest the fault is on THILL. If the pass was in front or behind the hit would have been the same. Cheap, especially during preseason. It's a "legal hit" but it's still Cheap.

Declaring THILL a bust is ridiculous. The kid is improving all the time. He is showing a command of the offense, he is creating TD drives, he is getting the ball to his top talented receivers, and he is showing an ability to run when he needs to. Stop the whining. Rookie QB's are not Pro Bowlers...mistakes are part of the reality.

All I read on this blog is:
Troll 1 making comments in an attempt to start a conversation because no one else will talk to him...
Troll 2 arguing with Troll 1 because he's bored and has nothing else to do in his mother's basement...
Troll 3 pipes in because...well, he's Troll 3 and that's just what he does...
A regular guy, who's a REAL Miami Dolphin fan, as he attempts to correct the errors made by the Three Trolls...
All of the Trolls attack the REAL fan and, in disgust, the fan exists...
The Trolls go back to their postings using made up statistics, opinions, sexual remarks, put-downs, etc.

17 butt plugs named YG says Tanne did this and Tanne did that...

Odins baby daddy Thor will replace Keller.

YG...or 17 in Yur A**....or whomever you are..."Truth" about the Dolphin team has nothing to do with the fact that you suggested offing "about 50" of the bloggers here.....
...what is your serious mental disorder?...has it been diagnosed by a qualified therapist?...or are you just winging it through life on your own, pathetic self worth...or lack thereof?
....anyone who becomes so wrapped up trying to be "correct" or "the one who said it first", the way you do borders on the delusional...

...it's one thing to be a football fan, who is totally wrapped up in ones team...it's quite another to take it personally, to the point where one suggests eliminating other fans because they are perceived to be in misery, simply because their opinion is at odds with oneself....

.....the miserable, discontented, obtuse and irrational to the point of lunacy person is you, and you should seek help straight away...

...my only hope is that the therapist you choose is also a Dolfan, who then can put up with your annoying paranoia while being paid to tolerate it !!!!!!

jpao RIGHT ON!T-HILL IS GETTING BETTER..THESE GUYS JUST WANT A QUICK FIX LIKE A JUNKIE..B.GIBSON WILL BE WEAPON WITH KELLER..

I was just watching the replay on NFL channel.

It seems the Houston announcers like Tannehill a lot better than you jerks. He scored on Houston's first team defense. He would have scored on the second drive if not for penalties and drops.

He took an unsettled O-line, new receivers and young, dumb backs and scored on one of the best defenses in football. And it was quite an improvement over last year.

So get ready to change your names so you don't get laughed off the site. Tannehill is good and getting better every game.

Greg,

I am not a GM, it is up to Ireland to make this happen. I just know that the one area this regime has done well is DL. We are stacked at DT and have a huge need now at TE. I actually see TE as a bigger need right now than RG which prior to the injury to Kellar was our biggest area of need. At least there is hope that Jerry comes back and can be adequate at RG. If the fins hope to contend for a playoff spot this year they better not go into the season with the group of TEs currently on the roster. The guys that re currently available in FA are there for a reason, they are either has beens or scrubs.

This is directed at B of Fs. I enjoy reading the posts of the people on this Blog. Granted some are uninformed or just simply are using inaccuracies to come to their conclusions. But this is for fun. No one on this Blog will be a future GM. But we still like to talk about the 'Phins. At least everyone but you! It appears that your only contribution to this Blog is to take up space. Your opinions seem to attack the other bloggers while offering little or no insight as to the real subject....That, of course, is the 'Phins. I hope to not hurt your feelings but you are only 'self serving'. Your only opinion of the 'Phins is your ranting about the bloggers on this post. This shouldn't be personal, so just go away.

I've been debating suicide for a while now, who thinks I should kill myself. Will anyone really miss me?

Posted by: tvegas | August 18, 2013 at 01:44 PM

Thanks for a very reasonable response to my post earlier. You're right I am an optimistic fan. The reality though is that I am a long suffering Fins fan. I know how horrible this team has been. I am excited about where the team is going and I see a SLIGHT chance of making the playoffs this year.

I completely agree that our Depth is not great. It can be a factor for every team in the NFL depending on how injuries play out. So, I don't see the Fins being far off from most NFL teams. Here is how I view the team's Depth:

I like our depth at DLINE. I think OLINE is not horrible with Louis, Garner, Yeatman and Samuda. Not too bad when you compare it to most Offensive Line depth charts. I think RB depth is OK (not great). I think Miller, Thomas and Gray can be starters and serve just fine. I am not excited about WR depth. I agree Hartline is a marginal WR (sometimes he plays big and sometime he never shows up). I worry about our secondary. Love Grimes but after that all the CB's are suspect and need to prove themselves worthy. Starting LB"s improved on paper. Depth there is bad. TE is TBD in my mind. Ireland has invested the past three years in the position. These players have to rise up. Now they have that opportunity and NOBODY knows for sure how they will do. Time will tell.

But in the end, I think it is REASONABLE to say this team has improved and is closer to being a playoff team than the past 3 years. I think Philbin, Sherman and Coyle are better than Sparano and his staff. I think the special teams is one of the better squads in the league. I think THILL is better than most QB's since Marino. I think Girmes is the best CB we have had in 10 years. I think Wallace is the most dynamic receiver we have had in 10 years. I think Wake is the best pass rusher since JT.

There is a lot to be excited about. But I too have NOT forgotten the years of disappointment. I want to see CONSISTENT EXECUTION!

KELLER IS A BELOW AVERAGE BLOCKER...AND HIS HANDS ARE IFFY..DIDN'T HE LIKE DROP A PASS IN EVERY PRACTICE THIS YEAR..NOW ARE WR'S ARE GONNA GET MORE THROWS!

It will be nice not having to inadvertently read your filthy name.

As people avoid high hits...there will be more and more of this

Gibson is impressive. I wonder if he will take Hartline's job eventually. He has great hands. Agreed that after the top 3 receivers we have nothing.

NO...a definite NO! no one will miss you if you off yourself....Any other stupid questions????....

Keller, Harvin, Emanuel, Welker....offseason injuries are the hard reality of the NFL. You need the preseason to get back into football shape/speed before the season starts but the risk to losing your starters is real. To have an extra preseason game like the Fins did this year is both a blessing and a curse.

Players I would NOT play more than 10 downs in each of the last two preseason games: Pouncey, Clabo, Incognito, Martin, THILL, Wallace, GIbson, Hartline, Miller, Thomas, Wake, Solai, Odrick, Grimes, Ellerbe, Misi, Wheeler, Clemmons, and Jones. These guys are starters and they don't need many more reps to 'get ready.'

Everyone else needs as much playing time as possible to show what they got and if they deserve a roster spot. My hope is that the additional reps will give a few players the ability to RISE UP and prove they are STARTERS. Players I am watching most: Samuda, Jerry, Louis, Yeatman, Vernon, Shelby, Freeny, Marshall, Patterson, Davis, Gray, McNutt, Mathews, Rodriguez, Lane, Clay, Egnew and Sims.

Man I'd like to see Jordan, Garner and Starks get healthy and contribute this season.

Okay ...back to football....I'm wondering why the preoccupation with dept at this point....when a team has had a couple of successful seasons...with solid starters on Offense and Defense....that team can add depth as it makes its hopeful run at a championship..

...but when a team is as unsuccessful as we have been the past decade, we first need to solidify the starting Offense and Defense before making depth a pressing concern...

...if we continue to acquire good young players , and keep only the accomplished older veterans, I think depth behind the established starters will begin to take shape as a result...

Orlando, the question is, what team has a TE we want that would give him up for Starks? If you are wondering why we don't do it, it is because no team fits the bill. No doubt Ireland is well aware of his options.

jpao.
I give you a lot of credit. You broke down the tape and made fair observations. Real fans appreciate that. And I appreciate that. I call things like I see them. My eyes have failed me on occassion with this team, but not often.

I agree with the overall improvement of the team. I appreciate how aggressive the FO was to try to improve the team this year.

I can't really explain why it has taken this long to turn things around other than the obvious--- no franchise QB in Miami since Marino.

I am still hoping Tanny is that guy but I am not as optimistic as you are from what I have seen out of him thus far. As I stated before, he still has the jitters and lacks pocket presence, and he has a tendancy to lock on to his receiver, and not go through his reads properly, or take off an run when there is nothing there. Not to mention he lacks accuracy, especially on his long throws.

I know you won't like me agreeing with others on this, but I saw the Keller play. If Tanny is accurate on his throw, the injury doesn't occur. It just doesn't. It was unfortunate because Keller was really a bright spot thus far.

BRENT GRIMES WAS THE STEAL OF THE OFF SEASON..WE NOW HAVE A GUY THAT CAN WILL HIMSELF A PICK ...IN A CLUTCH GAME..WE ARE MAKING THE PLAYOFFS.

Poll Of the Decade!!
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Who here thinks YG should just KILL HIMSELF?

A. Yes

B. Yes

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And YG, like I said you don't have to kill everyone here. Just meet Dashi somewhere. Anywhere. I will do us all the Favor.

Don't Worry I won't End you. Just leave you in a Vegetative State.

I will even up the Ante to 3 hits before I commence said ass whooping.

What's wrong you Coward. You Yella Belly Fool.

I will give you one of them Worldstar asswhoopings.

Irescum drafted 3 TE's. Do they all stink?

Yes.

Dashi I'll bet you are a wimp in real life and just talking big behind the keyboard. You can't even talk tough and sound convincing. You sound like you are 8 years old crying over a chocolate chip cookie that fell in the toilet.

Since joining the Dolphins Jeff Ireland has used 19 draft picks on skill position players yet doesnt have one good playmaker to show from all 19 picks. And Ross does nothing?


...if we continue to acquire good young players , and keep only the accomplished older veterans, I think depth behind the established starters will begin to take shape as a result...

Posted by: Buster | August 18, 2013 at 02:25 PM

This is a good point. And I problem I continually see with Ireland. You bring in speed (Wallace) and promise (in Gibson) but you let your most reliable receiver in Bess go for nothing. Some say RB's are a dime a dozen but we had a pretty damn good on in Bush- and a vocal veteran leader on a team that lacks leaders.

Since becoming a full-time starter, Reggie Bush has averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 7.1 yards per reception on grass. On turf? He averages 5.0 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per reception. That needed improving?

It seems every time the Fins are willing to take a step forward that take another one backwards. I like some of the vets that they acquired this year but the record shows that Ireland has had several years of not finding the right combination of young guys and vets.

In today's NFL environment, there are teams that do that in one year. Remember when Arizona finally made it to the Super Bowl? The window is short in the NFL and the Dolphins can't seem to fit into it!

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