Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker sat out Tuesday’s first day of minicamp, continuing to be sidelined by an unknown issue. Parker, however, was technically cleared to practice and had been expected to take part in individual drills during the day. Head coach Adam Gase, however, erred on the side of caution and kept Parker out one more day.
Gase, who said he got “soft” in deciding to keep Parker out of the workout on Tuesday, told the media Parker will be back practicing on Wednesday. The team’s minicamp runs through Thursday.
Gase on Parker: "I got soft. I held him out of practice today." He will practice tomorrow— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) June 14, 2016
Parker was Miami’s 14th overall pick in 2015, but was sidelined throughout most of the summer after having to undergo surgery in June last year to replace a screw that had been inserted into his foot the prior year to fix a break. The follow-up surgery led to a disappointing rookie campaign for the former Louisville standout, catching just 26 passes for 494 yards with three touchdowns in his inaugural Dolphins season. Much more is expected of Parker this year, and Gase appears to be taking a deliberately slow pace when it comes to getting Parker back on the field.
The team has not disclosed what was the issue that kept Parker out of the team’s Organized Team Activities over the last three weeks as well as Tuesday’s practice. After minicamp ends this week, the Dolphins will break until the end of July when training camp opens. Parker is expected to be a full participant throughout training camp.