New York Jets rule out Dustin Keller against Miami Dolphins, cut Bryan Thomas
Dustin Keller is dealing through an ongoing battle with hamstring injury and didn’t leave with the team to play at the Miami Dolphin’s home on Sunday.
He was limited at practice on Thursday but remained optimistic about playing Sunday. Dustin Keller has delivered one of the few better games against the Miami Dolphins, including the last five times they faced-off – in which the tight end totaled 26 receptions along with four touchdowns.
The hamstring injury has been a recurring issue for Dustin Keller after it initially emerged during the preseason. However, Dustin Keller was back on-field for the New York Jet’s season-opener against the Buffalo Bills, but it only constituted to worsening the injury after which the tight end was forced to sit out of the Pittsburgh Steelers game last week.
Jeff Cumberland filled-in for Dustin Keller against the Buffalo Bills, but it was a failed experiment.
During one play, Jeff shot ran open up the seam, with the Pittsburgh Steelers trying to break through the offensive line. New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez made the throw. However, Jeff Cumberland kept darting unaware that the pass had been made. Eventually, the ball hit Jeff Cumberland in the back and he fell on the field.
Such have been the New York Jets struggles on the offense with Mark Sanchez dearly missing his prime passing target in Week 2 of the season. Mark Sanchez’ lack of chemistry with receivers outside of Santonio Holmes has also been labeled as a contributing factor to the New York Jets’ episode of disappointment.
Now, the New York Jets will again start Jeff Cumberland in Dustin Keller’s absence. Additionally, New York Jets fullback John Connor too wouldn’t play against the Miami Dolphins due to knee issues, and will be replaced by third-string tight end Konrad Reuland. Dedrick Epps will also be seen in a backup role to John Conner.
The New York Jets also made a roster move by releasing outside linebacker Bryan Thomas this Saturday. Bryan Thomas had been listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game after he was recovering from a hamstring injury he sustained in the season opener.
Considering the open spot on the roster, the New York Jets upgraded cornerback Donnie Fletcher from the practice squad to play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
However, it is unlikely that Bryan Thomas will remain a free agent for long since the New York Jets guaranteed his $900,000 base salary after he made the roster cut at the start of Week 1. Hence, irrespective of whether he is re-signed or not, the New York Jets already have the 11-year veteran Bryan Thomas on the book for $707,000 this season.
Additionally, considering Bryan Thomas is the New York Jets’ longest tenured player since being signed in the first-round of the 2002 drafts, the team may be even more willing to retain him.
Bryan Thomas will be replaced by Garrett McIntyre at Sunday’s game.