Coach Adam Gase said Parker (finger) "could have played" Sunday against the Jets, Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reports.
After following an LP/FP/FP practice regimen last week, Parker was termed questionable for Sunday's game and eventually listed among the Dolphins' inactives. Gase's comments seems to indicate Parker was a near healthy scratch, but his right middle finger figures to be that much stronger after taking no hits Week 2. Look for Parker to mix in with Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson if he's given the all-clear for Sunday's game versus the Raiders.
Parker (finger) was listed as full participant in Thursday's practice, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Parker's upgrade from limited reps Wednesday to a full session a day later seemingly clears the way for him to make his 2018 debut Sunday against the Jets after the fractured right middle finger sidelined him for the Dolphins' season-opening win over the Titans. The 25-year-old is expected to absorb a good portion of the 59 combined offensive snaps that went to depth wideouts Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant in Week 1, but it's less certain if Parker will immediately resurface as the favored target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Kenny Stills took advantage of Parker's absence in the opener by hauling in four of five targets for 106 yards and two scores, perhaps aiding his case for more looks.
Parker (finger) is expected to practice this week but is uncertain to play in Sunday's game against the Jets, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Leading up to the this past Sunday's season opener against the Titans, Parker didn't take the practice field until Friday and even then he didn't participate in any catching drills -- but that came as no surprise considering he was wearing a club-like cast on one of his hands, per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. While the Dolphins have little incentive to rush him back given the talent they have at receiver, the possibility of Parker participating in drills this week suggests he's getting closer and closer to making his 2018 debut.
The Dolphins might not officially rule Parker out for the season opener until Friday, but it doesn't look the wideout will be ready to practice this week while he continues to recover from a broken finger suffered Aug. 12. Parker was initially projected to miss around four weeks with the injury, but the Dolphins have opted to take a cautious approach with the 25-year-old, suggesting he might also be at risk of missing the Week 2 matchup with the Jets. Parker's absence for at least Week 1 will open up additional snaps for Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant, while starters Kenny Stills and Danny Amendola could be in line for a larger volume of targets than normal.
|4||9/30/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|8||10/25/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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