Parker nearing 100 percent

Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker continues to work his way back from the shoulder injury suffered on Oct. 5 at Temple and is "90 to 95 percent" there. Cardinal Authority visited with Parker following a team practice and has this report.

Even though he has started the past two games, University of Louisville junior wide receiver DeVante Parker has continued to rehab from his right shoulder injury suffered during first quarter action at Temple on Oct. 5. After missing the following game against Rutgers and still not back to true form, the junior returned to the lineup and started against both UCF and USF.

"The week off has helped him," Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong said. "I think he still needs treatment the next few days to get him ready for Friday, but I expect him to be right around 90 to 95 percent."

Following Monday's practice and still donning a green jersey, which typically signifies no contact, Parker agreed with his coach's assessment.

"That sounds like the right percentage," he told Cardinal Authority. "It's feeling a lot better than it was before. I'm just going out and contributing like I'm supposed to."

"It's coming along pretty well. I still have the green jersey on, but I still practice like I always practice."

Parker was a boost to the Cardinals offense in his return against UCF, hauling in 5 receptions for 66 yards. A second quarter 10-yard touchdown reception was his 7th touchdown of the season, 23rd of his career.

His presence on the field was more limited in Louisville's last outing, a 34-3 win at South Florida, where recorded a single reception for 16 yards.

"Last week there was a lot of pain," Parker said. "That's why I was probably limited in my receptions. This week I'm feeling better. I think my arm is feeling a lot better than last week."

In addition to his time on the practice fields, Parker also spends additional time in the training room.

"I'm just trying to get healthy. I'm in the training room and then I come out [to practice] to warm my arm up, so I can get better for the game."

The Louisville Ballard product also tops the team with a 65.3 receiving yards per game average. He's third on the team with 27 receptions, and his 457 yards moved him passed Zek Parker and into 10th place in career receiving yards with 1,933.

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