DeVante Parker is out of concussion protocol, will play vs. Giants
A day after the Miami Dolphins gave him a four-year, $40 million extension, DeVante Parker got more good news. The NFL cleared him from concussion protocol. The Dolphins took him off the injury report and he will play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Fellow wide receiver Albert Wilson was also cleared of concussion protocol. The Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Dolphins will have a stacked cupboard of weapons to use against a leaky Giants secondary who just released their best cover corner, Janoris Jenkins.
Parker’s extension with Miami contains $20 million guaranteed and an $8 million signing bonus.
Once considered to be a first-round bust for the Dolphins, Parker has flourished in his fifth season. While not missing any games, he has tallied a career-high 882 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He can thank an increase in productivity to his first healthy season.
For Parker, his top goal of 2019 was to stay healthy. He has reaped the benefits of that.
“Staying healthy was my top goal,” Parker told ESPN last week. “That has helped change everything. These coaches believed in me. They gave me a second chance when they didn’t have to. I hope I can be here a long time.”
Sunday’s bout with the Giants in New Jersey is an excellent opportunity for Parker to finally eclipse 1,000 yards in a season. Before entering the year, the Louisville product’s career year came in his second campaign. In 2016, while playing eight games, he recorded 56 receptions for 744 yards and four touchdowns.