Miami Dolphins rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker had left foot surgery on Friday morning at Doctor's Hospital in Coral Gables. It's important to note that this is not a new injury. Parker had broken this foot int he first of half of his senior season at Lousiville in 2014.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports said that Parker felt soreness while running routes in Thursday's practice. Parker's agent told the USA Today that this is a 10-year approach and if the Dolphins had a game on Sunday, he would be playing in it. With the offseason in full swing and games not starting for another few months, the team felt that this would be a pro-active procedure to replace the screw so there are no lingering and long-term effects.
With that in mind, he will miss the rest of the team's minicamps and likely all of training camp. The total time missed for Parker is expected to be 6-8 weeks, although I expect the Dolphins to err on the side of caution. Team officials have told the South Florida media though that he is expected to be ready to the start of the regular season. Although he is missing valuable practice repetitions with Tannehill and the rest of the offense, the Dolphins are clearly looking at this with the long-term picture in mind.
This is a good time for Parker to have the surgery and it allows the Dolphins to now slowly ease him in when the season begins. They have a solid wide receiver corps with Greg Jennings, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Rishard Matthews. All four are expected to get the bulk of the work for the first several weeks of the season.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs