Dustin Keller Injury: Updates on Jets TE's Ankle

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:   Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets warms up before the season opener against the Buffalo Billsat MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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After a particularly dismal first half against the Arizona Cardinals , the New York Jets were dealt another blow when tight end Dustin Keller left the game with a left-ankle injury.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 11:44 p.m. ET

The Jets will have to finish off their 2012 campaign without tight end Dustin Keller, who is missing his fourth straight contest according to Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger. Keller is listed as inactive.

#Jets only have 6 inactives today: Greg McElroy CB Ellis Lankster LB Bryan Thomas C Caleb Schlauderaff TE Dustin Keller, Chaz Schilens #nyj

— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) December 30, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 11:50 a.m. ET

Not surprisingly, Keller is once again inactive this week and will miss his third straight game for the New York Jets. From Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger:

Gilyard, Berry, Fletcher, Sapp, Harrison Schaluderaff and Keller are inactive. #nyj #jets

— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) December 23, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 20 at 11:05 p.m. ET

Dustin Keller (ankle) will not practice today, according to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Keller, Berry, Schilens, Landry won't practice today

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 20, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 5:40 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Dustin Keller will not only not be playing in the Monday night contest, he won't even be in the stadium. The Jets tweeted out the news. 

#RL TE Dustin Keller, WR Stephen Hill, LB Bryan Thomas, CB Aaron Berry, all injured, not traveling w/ Jets to MNF game @ TEN

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 16, 2012

UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Rough news for Jets fans heading into a big Week 15 matchup with the Titans as Dustin Keller will not practice today, according to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta

Rex Ryan says Gates, Keller, S Hill, Berry and Powell (fractured toe) won't practice today. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to the official New York Jets Twitter feed, Dustin Keller has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

#RL Jets have downgraded TE Dustin Keller, NT Damon Harrison to out for Sunday's game at JAX.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 8, 2012

Keller has been one of Mark Sanchez's favorite targets throughout his career but 2012 has been a struggle for the fifth year tight end. He has only recorded 28 receptions on the season.

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 8 at 3:18 p.m. ET

Dustin Keller will not play tomorrow against the Jaguars, according to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

As expected, Jets TE Dustin Keller (ankle) has been officially ruled out for tomorrow's game vs Jaguars. DL Damon Harrison also out. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 8, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 10:16 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Keller has a high ankle sprain:

Source confirms high-ankle sprain for TE Dustin Keller, as reported by NYDN. Injury threatens rest of season for Keller. #Jets

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 3, 2012


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Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has provided the updates on Keller:

Dustin Keller appeared to have injured his left foot on 3rd down catch. Limped off field after next play. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 2, 2012

Dustin Keller is heading into locker room likely to get X-rays on left foot. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 2, 2012

Dustin Keller is questionable to return with a left ankle injury. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 2, 2012

Keller had two receptions for 17 yards when he left the game.

If Keller is unable to return or this injury is serious and lingers after this game, it will be salt on the many wounds Jets' fans have being forced to watch this team's offense. At halftime, quarterback Mark Sanchez already had three interceptions and the Jets were trailing Arizona, 3-0.

Keller isn't having his best season and has battled injuries throughout the year, but he remains one of Sanchez's most reliable weapons in the passing game. With Santonio Holmes out for the season and a Jets' offense that has a dearth of weapons, Keller is vital.

In the seven games he's played coming into Sunday's matchup, Keller had 26 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He's hardly put up huge numbers, but then again, who on the Jets offense has?

It's little wonder his injury was met with tweets such as the humorous one posted by Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal:

Dustin Keller has limped off the field. He's one of the lucky ones. #NYJ #AZCardinals

— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielskiWSJ) December 2, 2012

It's been that sort of season for the Jets. Keep it here as updates on Keller's status become available.

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