Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller suffered a season-ending knee injury in Saturday's preseason game after Texans rookie safety D.J. Swearinger went low to make a tackle. It was a perfectly legal play but controversial nonetheless because a player's legs are his livelihood.
For what it's worth (and we'd imagine not much to Keller) Swearinger apologized after the game and offered a defense of his actions.
"With the rules in this era you've got to hit low" Swearinger said. "If I would have hit him high I would have gotten a fine. So I think I made the smartest play. I'm sorry it happened and I pray he has a speedy recovery. ... Right now it's just instinct. You see somebody come across the middle you gotta go low. You're going to cost your team 15 yards. You've got to play within the rules."
Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline is unimpressed with Swearinger's rationale for going low.
“It's crap” Hartline told WQAM'...