MIAMI — Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the season with three torn ligaments, including an ACL, in his right knee and nerve damage that threatens his career, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.
The Dolphins didn't comment.
Keller was hurt Saturday by the helmet of Texans safety D.J. Swearinger on a legal hit. Swearinger he said he went low because tackling high can lead to a fine from the NFL. He said on Twitter after the game, though calling Keller the wrong name: "Everybody pray 4 justin keller. I pray you have a speedy recovery bro...and kill it when you get back.... DEFINITELY wasnt intentional."
Keller caught 17 touchdown passes in five seasons with the Jets. He played in only eight games in 2012 because of injuries.
Replacements are Charles Clay, (34 catches from 2011-12 while also playing fullback), 6-foot-5 Michael Egnew (who played in two games as a rookie in 2012) and 6-4 rookie Dion Sims.
"Egnew is a big man," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said after the game. "Dion Sims is a big man. Clay has caught the ball down the middle before. We'll adjust."
Ex-Bull earns snaps
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said this week's practice snaps for backup quarterbacks will be evenly split among former USF Bull B.J. Daniels and veterans Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien.
Daniels, undrafted and whose other game appearance was at receiver, led the winning touchdown drive against the Chiefs on Friday. Daniels was 6-of-6 for 72 yards, including a 14-yard score to Chuck Jacobs, and ran for 13 yards. "I'm growing every day," he said. "I'm just trying to … improve and get better."
"He's done some encouraging things in practice as well," Harbaugh said. "And when somebody does a good job, you give them a little more."
more 49ers: Receiver Mario Manningham, who tore his left ACL on Dec. 23, will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, the team said. That means he will miss at least six games.
Two giants hurt: Giants star receiver Victor Cruz (bruised heel) and starting center David Baas (sprained knee) were injured during a 20-12 home loss to the Colts on Sunday. Andrew Luck went 9-of-13 for 107 yards and two touchdowns, and led the Colts to 17 points over four series. New York's Eli Manning went 8-of-17 for 91 yards and an interception, and led it to two field goals over five series.
Bears: Veteran quarterback Trent Edwards signed.
Bills: Coach Doug Marrone said there is a "good chance" ex-Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel will be ready for Week 1 despite what the team called minor left knee surgery. It did not disclose surgery details.
Broncos: All tests on defensive end Derek Wolfe's neck were negative. He left the field in an ambulance after being blocked against Seattle on Saturday. Also, corner Champ Bailey could miss several weeks with a sprained left foot sustained Saturday, the NFL Network reported. The team did not comment.
Chiefs: Running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice six days after straining his right foot.
Jets: Linebacker Quinton Coples, the team's sacks leader in 2012, is out indefinitely with a right ankle injury that needs surgery.
Panthers: Linebacker Jon Beason practiced in full pads for the first time since offseason microfracture knee surgery.
Texans: Running back Arian Foster, out all camp with back and calf injuries, won't practice today as planned, the Houston Chronicle reported. Doctors hoped he could do so this week. Also, receiver DeAndre Hopkins was diagnosed with a concussion a day after getting hurt against the Dolphins.
Titans: Receiver Kendall Wright was diagnosed with a sprained right knee a day after getting hurt against the Bengals but was expected to be ready by Week 1.