Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller is lost for the season to a catastrophic knee injury, and a veteran replacement anywhere near Keller’s caliber doesn’t appear to be on the horizon.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam indicated Keller tore three ligaments and might have suffered nerve damage Saturday night in Houston, The Miami Herald learned. The team had not made a roster move as of Sunday afternoon, but it’s a formality that Keller will be put on a year-ending injured list.
While the Dolphins have drafted a tight end in each of the past three seasons, Dion Sims, Charles Clay and Michael Egnew have not yet established themselves as dependable deep-seam threats.
“We have other guys who have caught the ball down the middle,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said late Saturday. “We have some big targets. Egnew’s a big man. Dion Sims is a big man. Clay has caught the ball down the middle before. We’ll adjust.”
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BRONCOS BANGED UP
Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe, who was whisked from CenturyLink Field in an ambulance during Saturday’s loss to the Seahawks, accompanied his teammates on their flight home.
Wolfe went to a hospital for evaluation of a possible cervical spine injury, and X-rays, CT scans and MRIs were negative.
“Thanks for the prayers everyone, ill be okay and will be back on the field soon …” Wolfe tweeted Sunday.
Cornerback Champ Bailey sprained his left foot in the 40-10 loss, while receiver Wes Welker has a mild right ankle sprain. Guard Louis Vasquez hurt his left knee, and linebacker Stewart Bradley injured his left wrist. The Broncos provided no estimates on how much time those four players might have to miss.
COLTS BEAT GIANTS
Andrew Luck threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts responded to criticism by owner Jim Irsay with a 20-12 exhibition victory over the host New York Giants.
Irsay used Twitter to apologize to fans for his team’s abysmal showing in a 44-20 loss to Buffalo last weekend, and the Colts (1-1) improved markedly.
New York wide receiver Victor Cruz (bruised heel) and center David Baas (sprained knee) left the game, and the Giants (1-1) did little on offense.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson will make his exhibition debut against the 49ers this weekend. … Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright will miss Saturday’s exhibition game against the Falcons after an MRI exam showed he sprained his right knee. Linebacker Akeem Ayers (right ankle) likely will not play. Defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, who played at Clover Park High School and Washington State, will have surgery Monday to repair a broken hand. Coach Mike Munchak said he should be able to play with a cast. … The Bengals released linebacker Aaron Maybin, who signed with Cincinnati as a free agent in January. … The Bears signed quarterback Trent Edwards to a one-year contract. … Panthers linebacker Jon Beason practiced in full pads for the first time since undergoing microfracture knee surgery this offseason. Receiver Domenik Hixon returned from a hamstring injury. … Texans running back Arian Foster will not be at practice Monday because of lower back soreness, coach Gary Kubiak said. … Jets linebacker Quinton Coples is out indefinitely because of an ankle injury that will require surgery.