The Dolphins “Lazarus” is hoping to rise up in time to play against the Ravens on Thursday.
Wide receiver DeVante Parker, dubbed Lazarus by offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen for his attempt to play against the Jets last Sunday, said he will try to play when the light come on for Thursday Night Football.
Though Parker has now gone 17 days without playing in a game or even practicing at full speed, he intends to test his sore ankle in pre-game warmups and decide then whether he can go or not.
“He hasn’t risen quite yet, but I felt some tremors,’’ Christensen said of Parker on Tuesday. “We’re still hoping. We’re still looking anxiously. We’ve got to keep working.
“This is a hard week because of the short week just because you … do very little full-speed, so it’s hard to get a good evaluation of him. We’ll just have to get him out … and see how the thing feels.’’
Parker, who has battled foot and ankle problems for much of his career, went down with an ankle injury early in the Dolphins 16-10 victory over the Titans after catching one pass for 6 yards.
He finally returned to practice on Tuesday but was limited. He would probably still be limited in the game on Thursday, which is one reason the Dolphins may still opt to hold him out rather than rush him back.
“It is getting better,’’ Christensen said. “He is improving. How far can he get on this short week and without the practice sessions will be … I think the same thing, it’ll be a game-time decision.’’
Despite missing half the offensive snaps, Parker still ranks third on the team in both receptions (19) and receiving yards (236), right behind Kenny Stills, who has caught 20 passes for 248 yards.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase did not want to venture a guess as to whether Parker will play Thursday, saying the decision will be made just before game time.
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