Lower body injury sidelines tight end Parris

Syracuse starting tight end Josh Parris suffered an injury that requires surgery.

Syracuse received some unfortunate injury news on Tuesday. Starting tight end Josh Parris has suffered a lower body injury that will require surgery according to a release from Syracuse Athletics. According to the same release, Parris will have the surgery on Wednesday, August 20th, just nine days before the start of the season.

Dr. Todd Battaglia will perform the surgery. His status will be evaluated in the coming weeks.

That time frame means it is likely that Parris will be unavailable for the season opener against Villanova. After that, his status is up in the air. Parris was slated to have an expanded role in the offense this season with an improved frame and increased speed.

Backups Kendall Moore and Tyler Provo are most likely candidates to take over for Parris, but neither is the receiving threat that Parris was developing into.

The loss of Parris could also mean an expanded role for true freshman Jamal Custis who poses a mismatch for opposing defenses with his size. He may have the most upside as a pass catcher of any other players in the tight ends group.

The aforementioned matchup with Villanova to kickoff the 2014 campaign is slated for 7pm inside the Carrier Dome.

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