Miami Dolphins first-round wide receiver and former Louisville Cardinal DeVante Parker will open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Darin Gantt of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk reported the story.
Parker had surgery on his foot last month for an unspecified injury, but can be activated off the PUP list at any point during the preseason. Miami also placed safety Don Jones on the PUP list and tight end Gerell Robinson on the non-football injury (NFI) list.
Parker will hopefully heal quickly and be able to suit up for the team in time for its preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on August 13, but there’s a greater chance of him sitting out that game since the team doesn’t want to risk him re-injuring himself. He had 156 receptions for 2,775 yards and 33 touchdowns in four years at Louisville before entering the draft and being selected by Miami with the 14th overall pick.
With excellent size at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, he is in a prime position to become one of the Dolphins’ top receivers and a go-to target of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
He’ll have to compete with Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings for touches, but Parker’s talent speaks for itself and he is almost certain to play a big role in head coach Joe Philbin’s offense. But he has to get healthy first, and hopefully that happens sooner rather than later
Miami opens the season on the road against RG3 and the Washington Redskins on September 13.
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