(HOUSTON) — During the preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans on Saturday night, Dolphins’ tight end Dustin Keller suffered a devastating knee injury. Safety D.J. Swearinger says because of the new rules against illegal hits, he felt forced to hit him in the lower body.
During the second quarter, Keller was hit by Swearinger and suffered a torn ALC, MCL PCL. He will miss the entire 2013 season as a result.
Swearinger felt like he had no choice but to hit him lower than normal.
“In this league, if you go too low. If you go high, you’ll get a fine,” Swearinger told the Palm Beach Post.
“The rules say you can’t hit high so I went low and I’m sorry that happened. I would think you’d rather have a concussion than leg injuries. Leg injury, you can’t come back from that. A concussion, you be back in a couple weeks.”
After spending his first five NFL seasons with the New York Jets, Keller was entering his first year with the Miami Dolphins, and his future with the team is in serious doubt.
Meanwhile, Swearinger was the 57th overall pick in this past April’s draft by the Texans.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN