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Dustin Keller | Tight End

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 255
College: Purdue
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The player rep for free agent TE Dustin Keller (knee) acknowledged his client is not ready to play in football games yet.
Keller tore three knee ligaments and dislocated it last August. "Dustin needs a little more time," said agent Eugene Parker. Keller drew offseason interest from the Patriots, and the Dolphins haven't ruled out re-signing him, although the Miami Herald reports the Fins "haven't inquired" about Keller "recently." Sun, Aug 24, 2014 02:14:00 PM

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ESPN Boston warns not to cross free agent Dustin Keller off the Patriots' list.

Keller remains unsigned, likely because his health is still a question mark following last August's gruesome knee injury. But the Patriots are desperately thin at tight end, and Keller could fill some of the "move" routes Aaron Hernandez used to run. Jermichael Finley (neck) is another option.
Source: ESPN Boston
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 12:24:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots could be waiting until after June 1 to sign free agent TE Dustin Keller.

Players signed after June 1 do not count toward the compensatory pick formula. Keller's health is in question after he tore three ligaments and dislocated his knee last August, but could fill the Patriots' "move" tight end void if healthy. There's also a question of whether the Pats need a "move" option as they transition to more of a three-wide offense. Either way, Keller will be at most a late-round fantasy flier.
Source: ESPNBoston
Sat, May 24, 2014 12:58:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots could still be a landing spot for free agent TE Dustin Keller.

Keller visited with the Patriots earlier this month, but left without a contract. New England failed to add a move tight end in the draft, so Keller could provide a No. 2 option behind Rob Gronkowski. Michael Hoomanawanui and D.J. Williams are the only other veteran tight ends on the roster.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, May 17, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Free agent TE Dustin Keller left his Wednesday Patriots visit without a contract.

A source (Keller's agent?) told the Boston Herald that Keller's "knee is healed." It looks like the Patriots were not convinced. Just eight months removed from tearing three ligaments and dislocating his knee, it's not a surprise. If Keller can eventually prove his health, the Patriots would make for an excellent landing spot as they're desperate for a "move" tight end. The three tight ends currently on their roster are Rob Gronkowski (ACL), Michael Hoomanawanui and D.J. Williams.
Thu, May 1, 2014 10:45:00 AM

A source tells the Boston Herald that free agent TE Dustin Keller's "knee is healed."

It would be an amazing feat just eight months after Keller's catastrophic preseason injury, which included tears of his ACL, MCL, and PCL, and dislocation of the knee. Keller visited the Patriots on Wednesday, where he'd be an excellent fit on paper. We still have a hard time believing he's 100 percent.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:39:00 PM

Free agent TE Dustin Keller (knee) is visiting the Patriots Wednesday.

If truly healthy, Keller would be an ideal fit in New England. He can provide insurance while Rob Gronkowski rehabs his torn ACL, and could also complement Gronk as a "move" tight end in "12" packages. But the reason Keller is still on the market, of course, is the questionable status of his knee. The ex-Jet is just eight months removed from a gruesome injury that saw him tear three ligaments and suffer a dislocation. Expect the Patriots to put Keller through a very thorough physical exam.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:53:00 AM

The player rep for free agent TE Dustin Keller says his client is "good to go."

Keller suffered a gruesome injury during the 2013 preseason, tearing three knee ligaments and suffering a dislocation. NFL teams will have to determine exactly what "good to go" means. If Keller is anywhere near his pre-injury form, he'd be a low-risk, high-reward addition for a tight-end needy team like the Giants or Patriots.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:44:00 PM

CSN New England expects the Patriots to show interest in free agent TE Dustin Keller should he remain unsigned after the draft.

In all likelihood, Keller won't be finding a job in the next four weeks. His agent recently said Keller will be ready for the season after destroying his knee on a devastating hit from D.J. Swearinger last preseason. Keller turns 30 in September. If he can return to pre-injury form, he'd be a nice bargain signing.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 09:32:00 PM

The Dolphins are open to re-signing free agent Dustin Keller.

"He’s one of those guys we’re evaluating and considering like a lot of other free agents out there," coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday. "We’ll see." Rehabbing from the catastrophic knee injury that ended his 2013 in the preseason, Keller has yet to make a visit in free agency. Keller turns 30 in September.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 10:28:00 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero has heard free agent TE Dustin Keller (knee) is "on track to return."

Keller was having a huge camp in 2013 with the Dolphins before tearing his ACL, MCL, and PCL, dislocating his right knee in Miami's third preseason game. There's no telling what Keller has left -- the injury was gruesome and he's entering his age-30 season -- but it's good news for him. NFL teams would probably want to see Keller work out before entertaining signing him.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 02:49:00 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker considers free agent Dustin Keller re-signing with Miami "unlikely."

Keller's gruesome August knee injury resulted in a torn ACL, MCL, PCL as well as a dislocation. He had to watch as Charles Clay broke out for a 69/759/6 line, grabbing the 2014 starting role in the process. Keller, who will turn 30 years old in September, will have to prove his health before getting a deal in free agency. The injury was severe enough that his Week 1 status remains in doubt.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 11:37:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on NFL Insiders that Dustin Keller avoided nerve damage when he tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL and dislocated his right knee in Miami's third preseason game.

Per Schefter, Keller's knee "cartilage and nerves are intact," and "doctors believe he will have a chance to resume his NFL career." The catastrophic knee injury may still sap Keller's best assets -- his speed and movement skills. Out for the season, the 29-year-old will hit unrestricted free agency next March.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Dolphins placed TE Dustin Keller on injured reserve with a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL, and dislocated right knee, ending his season.

The Fins will move forward with rookie Dion Sims, H-back Charles Clay, and 2012 third-round bust Michael Egnew at tight end. It's a massive dropoff. For Keller, his NFL future is unclear. This is a catastrophic knee injury, and he's not under contract for 2014. It would be an amazing success story if Keller were ready for Week 1 next season, let alone regained fantasy relevance.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Dustin Keller is done for the season after tearing his ACL, MCL, and PCL, and also dislocating his right knee.

Per the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the Dolphins also fear Keller suffered nerve damage in the knee. It's a catastrophic, Marcus Lattimore-type injury and could not only threaten Keller's 2014 season -- he's a free agent next year -- but jeopardize what's left of his football career. It's a brutal blow for both Keller and Ryan Tannehill, as the 28-year-old was enjoying a fantastic preseason following an injury-ruined 2012 campaign with the Jets. Signed to a one-year, $4.25 million deal, Keller had plans to rehab his value and land a multi-year contract next March.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 11:36:00 AM

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