With less than two weeks to go until the Louisville Cardinals begin the second Bobby Petrino era against the Miami Hurricanes on Labor Day night, kicking off their ACC tenure, the team suffered a crushing blow on Friday as senior wide receiver Devante Parker left practice with a foot injury, and has been ruled out indefinitely.
Louisville senior WR Devante Parker, UL record 12 TDs last year, out indefinitely w/left foot injury suffered Friday
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 23, 2014
In actuality, the Cardinals may have lost their biggest threat on the offensive side of the ball in Parker.
As a junior last season, Parker caught 55 balls for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s arguably the best playmaker that they have on that side of the ball, and with Teddy Bridgewater gone, he becomes the leader of the offense by default.
Also, the fact of Bridgewater being gone and Parker going down brings up another issue, and that’s the development and progression of new quarterback Will Gardner, who will be taking over for Bridgewater this season under center. Not having an outlet the likes of Parker to get the ball to will hurt mightily.
It’s not known at this point how long Parker will be out, but hopefully he can make a speedy recovery and get back on the field as soon as possible.