The entire Miami Dolphins fanbase cheered in ecstasy when the team drafted Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. The entire Miami Dolphins fanbase cried out in agony when it was reported that Parker would be getting surgery done on his foot and would be missing training camp and most likely the preseason.
Now, thanks to a report made by the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the entire Miami Dolphins fanbase can now breathe a sigh of relief as Parker's recovery has him right on schedule to be available for the Dolphins season opener against the Washington Redskins.
James Gould - Parker's agent - said earlier this week that “everything is perfect” in Parker’s recovery from foot surgery, and despite the fact that it was unknown whether Parker would play in the preseason, it wasn't really a concern for the talented rookie.
The surgery Parker had last month was done because he began feeling discomfort in his foot, and the procedure was meant to replace a screw that had been placed into his foot back in 2014. This latest surgery means that Parker has had two procedures done on the same foot in the past year alone. However, Gould has said that doctors believe this will not be a recurring problem.
“I don’t think it will happen again,” Gould said. “They got it right.”
This knowledge should bring a lot of relief to the fanbase, as Parker has been evaluated by some to be the top wide receiver to come out of the 2015 draft, even above the Raiders Amari Cooper and the Bears Kevin White. Not many share this opinion, but there's no doubt that Parker has a very high ceiling, and his foot is one of the few obstacles in his way, as work ethic is clearly not an issue.
Naturally, the injury is a source of concern for Dolphins fans, but during his final year at Louisville, Parker was able to play through the pain and even put together some stellar numbers in the six games he played after returning from his surgery, gaining 855 yards on only 43 receptions, 5 of which went for touchdowns.
With the ultra-conservative approach the Dolphins are taking with Parker, it's clear they have plans to keep the rookie receiver for a long time, and hopefully the approach succeeds and Parker becomes the star that many project him to eventually develop into.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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