Monday, December 3, 2012

Keller's ankle injury not as bad originally reported


New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller left Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals with an ankle injury.

That evening, ESPN and the New York Daily News reported Keller's injury was a high ankle sprain, which would've threatened his participation the rest of the season. However, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Keller's injury "doesn't look like a high ankle sprain, so that's good." (photo: Billtacular, Flickr)

Keller is in his contract year and has been battling injuries throughout, which doesn't bode well for the potential free agent.

If Keller finishes the year healthy and Mark Sanchez keeps his job as the starter, though, a new deal for the fourth-year signal-caller's favorite target is more likely.

Keller, who has missed four full games and portions of the eight he's played in, has 28 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns this season.

He's been targeted 412 times in four and a half seasons, according to That's more than any other Jet in that span. His worth in the Jets' offense is even more prominent this season among a sub-par stable of receivers.

Monday, Ryan also said an MRI on Joe McKnight's ribs was negative "as far as being broken."

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