Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker had left foot surgery this morning at Doctor's Hospital in Coral Gables.
He will not participate in the team's minicamp and will miss the start of training camp but will be ready for the start of the regular season, per a team source. So breathe. Calm down. It will be OK.
Parker, the first-round pick in the 2015 draft, had the procedure as a precaution. I am told if this was the regular season, he would be playing this week.
But because Parker has been so impressive since joining the team and the plan with him is to be a long-term help rather than a short-term bridge, the club is being cautious to address what I am told is not a big issue now so as to not have it be a recurring issue during the season.
Obviously, Parker missing the rest of the offseason and part of training camp (he'll probably start the practice sessions on PUP) will set him back on the field. He will, however, be involved in rehabilitation and team meetings.
This means veteran Greg Jennings, signed late in free agency, will likely play a major role in the offense, along with Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills early in the season as Parker works in.
Two more things:
Parker's injury is similar to the injury linebacker Jelani Jenkins had last year, per a source. Jenkins missed one game as a result.
And Parker, who complained of soreness in the foot after Thursday's OTA session, did break his left foot in 2014 while at Louisville. That forced him to miss eight weeks. He had surgery on that foot and now has had a second surgery on the same foot, in part, to correct part of that first surgery. The most recent surgery replaced the screw originally placed in his foot last year.