Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker had left foot surgery Friday 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 Parker will be ready for the start of the regular season, according to a team source. The Dolphins don’t believe this is a crisis situation.
Parker, the team’s first-round pick in this year’s draft, had the procedure as a precaution. A source said if this was the regular season, Parker would have bypassed surgery and played this week.
But because Parker has been so impressive since joining the Dolphins 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 it believes is not a big issue now so it does not become a recurring one during the season.
Obviously, Parker missing the rest of the offseason and part of training camp — he will probably start the practice sessions on the PUP list — 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 his way back.
Two more things of note:
▪ Parker’s injury is similar to the one that linebacker Jelani Jenkins had last year, according to a source. Jenkins missed one game.
▪ Parker, who complained of soreness in the foot after Thursday’s organized team activity session, did break his left foot in 2014 while at Louisville. The injury forced him to miss eight weeks. He had surgery on the foot and now has had a second surgery on the same foot, in part to correct part of the first surgery. The most recent surgery replaced the screw originally placed in his foot last year.