The highly-touted offense of University of Louisville football team has been lowered a notch with the loss of wide receiver DeVante Parker after he injured his left foot in practice Friday.
Dr. Robert Anderson, a renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating foot and ankle injuries, will be treating Parker in Charlotte within a couple of days, according to a news release from UofL.
Parker is the exceptional player, with the kind of talent that can set a team apart from a good team and a great one. A player who makes the difficult catches, the tough ones in the flats or those long spirals down the field, good enough to force changes in opposing defensive game plans. Always a threat, one of his major assets was serving as a decoy, drawing attention away from other receivers while creating more options for the running game.
The 6-foot-3 wide out Louisvillian totaled 55 receptions for a team-high 885 yards and tied a school record with 12 touchdowns last season.
A key issue is how his teammates respond to the loss. Time to move on. If he returns later in the season, good, rejoining a more experienced receiving corps. The sooner the diagnosis the better. The next two or three days are going to be forever for his coaches and fans.