The Miami Dolphins are hoping wide receiver DeVante Parker can show off more of his lofty potential during his second season. Unfortunately for Miami, Parker won’t even see the field for the team’s season opener.
Parker is not expected to play this afternoon against the Seattle Seahawks because of a hamstring injury, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Parker participated in practice Friday, but it appears the Dolphins are playing it safe with the talented target.
Parker caught 26 passes for 494 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games during a tumultuous rookie season. He didn’t catch a pass in five consecutive games during the middle of the season before catching fire toward the homestretch of the season. Parker caught 22 of his 26 receptions during the final six games of last season.
Parker’s absence will likely put more of the focus on underneath receiver Jarvis Landry, who could see double coverage throughout the game. Landry reeled in 110 passes for 1,157 yards and four touchdowns last season.
However, Landry might be the only Dolphins wide receiver worth worrying about. Outside of Landry and Parker, Miami’s receiving corps features two rookies (Leonte Carroo and Jakeem Grant), former Titans receiver Justin Hunter and veteran Kenny Stills, who is the only current Dolphins receiver to catch a pass for the team last season.
It will be an uphill battle for the Dolphins against Seattle’s vaunted Legion of Boom secondary.
That wasn’t the only injury news the Dolphins received on Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports center Mike Pouncey has a small fracture in his hip and is scheduled to undergo a CT scan this week. Pouncey will likely miss another week or two, according to Schefter.