The Louisville Cardinals will begin their tenure as members of the ACC one week from tonight when they take on the Miami Hurricanes. However, when they take the field for that opening contest, they will be without one of their biggest offensive weapons as wide receiver DeVante Parker has been ruled out 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
DeVante Parker out for 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
— Jody Demling (@jdemling) August 25, 2014
Parker went down in practice on Friday, and he was scheduled to see a specialist on Monday morning. Obviously, that visit to the specialist did not go as head coach Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals would have liked.
For a team that has to replace such a star as Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, they needed every offensive weapon they had on the field and healthy to aid in the progression of redshirt sophomore Will Gardner, who was officially named as Bridgewater’s successor on Sunday. Gardner has only attempted 12 passes in his college career, so this is a crushing blow to the offense.
Last season, Parker caught 55 passes for 885 yards with 12 touchdowns. He’s unquestionably the no. 1 target on this offensive unit, and could have thrived even more under the down-the-field scheme that Petrino is notorious for running, and how he helped put Louisville on the map during his first stint as coach.