Louisville star WR Devante Parker suffered a right shoulder injury Saturday, midway through the second quarter against Temple. He never returned to the game, leaving concerns about his future prognosis. Head Coach Charlie Strong was able to alleviate that concern a bit on Monday, when announced that Parker was day-to-day on the AAC Teleconference.
“Right now DeVante Parker is day to day and then we will make a decision on him for the game,” Charlie Strong explained. “Our training room staff is giving him all the treatment he needs, to get him ready out there to go play.”
The plan is that Parker will receive treatment this week on his shoulder. After that, the Louisville training staff will make a decision on playing him Thursday against Rutgers. Although it’s been reported that it was a ‘shoulder sprain’, Strong wouldn’t confirm that, simply noting ‘its an upper shoulder injury’
“Each player has a different pain threshold,” Strong said. “When Devante [Parker] got hurt, I knew he was hurt because he never gets hurt…You’ll miss him, he’s a really outstanding players. But other guys have to step up if he can’t go.”
Charlie Strong noted that True Freshman James Quick would get some critical time on the field, if Devante Parker can’t go.
“He’s such a special player…” Strong noted. “We’re gonna do what’s best for him.”
If Parker can’t go on Thursday, he’ll certainly be missed in one spot: The Redzone. The Devante Parker ‘Jump Ball’ has become a staple of the Louisville Offense, 32.5% of Louisville’s redzone touchdowns have been via Devante Parker.
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