Whether or not Syracuse has a starting skill player on offense for all, some or none of the 2014 season remains to be seen.
Josh Parris, the school announced Tuesday, suffered what was described as a lower-body injury during a recent practice session. As a result, the tight end will be forced to undergo surgery to repair the unspecified injury Wednesday.
How long and the number of games Parris will — or won’t — miss is still to be determined.
Head coach Scott Shafer did say the team was hopeful Parris would make a speedy recovery, although there are no guarantees.
“He’s got a little clicking in his knee, so we got it checked out, had a little cartilage thing,” Shafer said. “Hopefully it’s something (doctors) can just go in and clean up and get him back quickly.”
Parris caught 13 passes for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The 6-2, 252-pound redshirt sophomore would’ve will enter the 2014 season as the Orange’s starting tight end.