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Dolphins will play Sunday without WR DeVante Parker

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It’s been essentially a formality, but the broken finger that Dolphins WR DeVante Parker suffered a couple of weeks ago still has him sidelined. And, without the ability to practice at all this week, Parker will not be playing against the Titans Sunday.

Yes, the Dolphins still left open a slim possibility by listing Parker as “Doubtful” for the game at Hard Rock Stadium, but that might has well have said, “out,” too.

Coach Adam Gase said early in the week that Parker has been unable to grip, much less catch at a high velocity, the football. And, therefore, that the chances of his playing this week were also most non-existent.

It’s not a secret that the former first round pick out of Louisville has underachieved during his first three years. Parker has failed to catch 60 passes or for 1,000 yards in any of those seasons. Nevertheless, the potential of what he can do is still in South Florida is big enough that Miami decided in the off season to pick up Parker’s fifth year option on his rookie contract.

So, clearly he and the team have the comfort in waiting for his injured finger to heal, because Parker is not battling for his job in 2018.

Or will he be?

The question comes from the receiving talent that Miami added through free agency with former Pats slot specialist Danny Amendola and former Chiefs speedster Albert Wilson. Both figure to team with veteran outside burner Kenny Stills, as pass catching targets for Ryan Tannehill this season.

Parker is hoping to be one of those contributors at some point soon, as well.

In the meantime, the Dolphins will count on one of those names above or maybe on WR Jakeem Grant, who’s made some plays in the passing game the last couple of seasons, could also continue to develop. If so, that’s a fourth receiver option besides Parker.

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