Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC East [Print without images]

Sunday, August 18, 2013
Report: Dustin Keller out for the season

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins suffered their first significant loss of the season.

Keller
Dolphins starting tight end Dustin Keller will be lost for the season with a right knee injury, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports. Keller hyperextended his knee after a hit Saturday night during a 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans. Keller was carted off the field.

Now, Miami has to think about what's next at tight end. The Dolphins have several young players in-house in rookie Dion Sims, Michael Egnew, Charles Clay and Kyle Miller. Miami’s coaching staff will try to find the answer.

There are slim pickings at tight end in free agency. The biggest names still available are former Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap and Kevin Boss.

Keller signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins this offseason in hopes of proving that he’s deserving of a long-term extension. Keller and quarterback Ryan Tannehill were developing good chemistry in training camp. But this is the second season in a row Keller has been seriously injured.