Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker was a game-time decision for Thursday night’s home game against Rutgers. That decision has now been made. Parker will not play Thursday night’s game.
According to Adam Lefkoe, a sports anchor for WHAS11, Parker did not take the field for warm-ups and will not play Thursday night in a key American Athletic Conference game.Parker is Louisville’s leading receiver this season with 21 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns. Parker had three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in Louisville’s Big East-clinching victory at Rutgers last season.
Parker left last weekend’s road game at Temple early with an injured shoulder, ending his streak of 10-straight games with a touchdown catch. The receiver had an MRI but no information was shared about the status of the injury.
Without Parker on the field the Cardinals will lose a valuable offensive weapon against a team that has put up a bunch of points this season. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will still be likely to move the football around the field though, with Kai De La Cruz likely to step in to Parker’s vacant spot in the starting line-up. De La Cruz has 12 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns this season.