The Louisville Cardinals had star wide receiver DeVante Parker leave practice today after injuring his left foot. He is expected to go see an orthopedic surgeon sometime in the next couple days to have it evaluated.
This isn’t something the Cardinals wanted to happen as Parker is hands down the best target they have for quarterback Will Gardner. Last season he was one of Teddy Bridgewater’s top go-to guys as he had 55 receptions, a little over 850 receiving yards and 12 touchdown receptions.
There is currently no timetable on when he will return or what the extent of the injury is for that matter. It would be a devastating loss if Parker happens to be out for the season. Gardner still has a few other targets like Eli Rogers, Gerald Christian, Kai De La Cruz, James Quick and running back Dominique Brown. Plenty of weapons left, but none that provide the skill-set quite like Parker.
Even if he is out for the season, head coach Bobby Petrino will expect the offense to not miss a beat. Petrino is a genies when it comes to developing an offensive scheme. He also knows how to get the best out of his quarterbacks. Gardner may be missing his best target, but Petrino will make sure that doesn’t affect his overall performance.
The Cardinals will be opening up their season and ACC campaign against a Miami team they absolutely shellacked 36-9 last season. This will likely be a closer game compared to last season with or without Parker. Let’s just hope that this injury isn’t career threatening and Parker will be back for his senior season.