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Keller: I pushed myself too hard

Jets tight end Dustin Keller catches a pass

Jets tight end Dustin Keller catches a pass during practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 12, 2012) (Credit: Joe Epstein)

Dustin Keller admitted he should have played it safe. But in an attempt to get back on the field faster, the Jets tight end pushed his hamstring recovery – and it cost him four weeks.

“It’s been way too long, had too many setbacks,” said Keller, who spoke to the media for the first time in weeks. “…I think I’ll be good to go. I’m really positive.”

Keller, of course, has expressed confidence in his game-time status before – only to be announced as inactive. He has just one catch for seven yards and hasn’t played since Week 1 against Buffalo.

The Jets tight end said his approach to his recovery should have been different.

“The way I play is, everything needs to be full-speed and when you come off of a hamstring you need to kind of limit yourself and not go full-speed,” he said. “And I think me, personally, I kind of pushed it too hard and kept on getting these setbacks. So it was good to get that whole week of rest last week and it feels really good now.” 

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