The swinging of Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito’s helmet at him by Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith has all but obscured a moment from the same game that had a far more permanent consequence for a member of Miami’s team.
Tight end Dustin Keller has been lost for the year after a low hit from Houston safety D.J. Swearinger, who has explained that he went low due to concerns that going high would draw a flag.
“It’s crap,” Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline told WQAM’s The Joe Rose Show regarding the explanation. ”I mean I think that, me personally, if you’re telling me, ‘Oh, I’m so worried about going high or hurt[ing] the head,’ you consciously went low then, is what you’re trying to tell me.”