But he's back. According to Jordan Raanan of The Star-Ledger, Keller’s agent, Eugene Parker, says Keller is “ready to go” right now. Welcome to the new age of medicine and surgery, where a 29 year-old tight end can completely heal a blown-out knee in less than a year.
Drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, Keller had a solid, healthy career until 2012. He missed half of the 2012 NFL season with a variety of hamstring and ankle issues, but still managed 317 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.
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Regardless of the constant murmuring, Keller spent all of last season in rehab, training and working out while healing. He currently remains a free agent looking for a team to take a chance on him.
Hailing from Purdue University, in the five seasons he has played in the NFL, Keller has posted 2,876 yards with 17 touchdowns. Keller has taken only eight short months to fully repair his knee, an amazing turnaround for an injury that used to take at least a year to heal and rehab.
Will teams even look at him? For Keller, the best he can hope for is a chance, and while his agent may say he is ready to go teams may not be ready to give the free agent the green light just yet. If a team does give the determined tight end a shot, Keller will need to follow it up with a productive and healthy 2014 NFL season.
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