Wide receiver DeVante Parker started his rookie season in 2015 by undergoing surgery to replace a screw in his previously repaired foot, an injury that forced him to miss training camp last summer. This year, things have been a little concerning when it comes to Parker, who continues to miss Organized Team Activity practices, working instead on the sideline with trainers.
On Thursday, the last of the OTA dates for Miami in 2016, Parker was again on the sideline, though he was seen running routes and sprinting, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has, through the three weeks of OTAs, told reporters that Parker being held out of practice was precautionary, and that the team was probably being over-cautious when it comes to their second-year wide out.
Still, seeing a player who should be a major piece of the Miami offense in 2016 continuing to miss practices will raise questions each day. Thursday was no different. Gase was asked if the injury keeping Parker out of practice was related to his foot injury, to which Gase responded, “It’s not the foot.” He did not say exactly why the team has him working on the side.
Teams are not required to comment on injuries during the offseason.
Miami moves to their one mandatory event of the offseason next week, holding their veteran minicamp. It is unclear if Parker will fully participate in the workouts. Every day of minicamp will be open to the media.