On Saturday night, Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller horrifically tore his ACL, MCL and PCL, and dislocated his knee on a low — yet clean — hit by Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.
With Keller’s season over and career in potential jeopardy, the NFL’s policy on defenseless receivers has been brought to light — a policy that fellow tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. says needs changing.
We saw what happened to Dustin Keller last night and that's a prime example of defenseless receiver. #NFL
— Kellen Winslow Jr. (@KellenWinslowJr) August 18, 2013
Winslow’s other tweet, which he’s since deleted, read: “The NFL needs to protect defenseless receivers from low hits. To me that is way more important than helmet to helmet. #nfl”
It’s easy to see where Winslow is coming from, as the league has long been criticized for its on-field safety measures. That being said, Swearinger actually put it best: you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
“I was making a hit playing football,” Swearinger told the Palm Beach Post. “In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine. The rules say you can’t hit high so I went low and I’m sorry that happened.”
Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the business, and Keller was the latest victim in a preseason that’s been ravaged by the injury bug, almost in unprecedented fashion.
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