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Dolphins’ Gase challenges Parker to do what it takes to stay on the field

DeVante Parker can’t stay healthy.

He’ll sit out Thursday’s preseason finale after tweaking his left hamstring in practice Monday.

Parker has already missed several weeks of training camp with a similar injury, and a foot issue derailed his senior season at Louisville and rookie NFL year.

On Tuesday, Dolphins’ coach Adam Gase seemed to challenge Parker, the former first-round draft pick, to do what it takes to stay out of the trainer’s room.

“We’re going to keep strengthening him up," Gase said. “I feel like I’ve been through this with Demaryius [Thomas] in Denver. Felt like he was always hurt. One thing after the other."

Gase encouraged Parker to do "all the little things you have to do off the field, in the building and when you get to practice, you have to treat everything like a game.”

Parker was supposed to be the Dolphins’ home-run threat this season, but because of his injury problems, Kenny Stills appears to have passed him on the depth chart.

Gase added: “Sometimes it takes some guys more time to learn more than others. Eventually you get tired of being the guy standing on the sideline. I do think he’s a little frustrated. He’s been the odd man out all the time. Eventually… he will know how to push through certain kinds of pain."

The Dolphins coach said Parker is day-to-day after the latest setback.

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