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Miami Dolphins' DeVante Parker has foot surgery

DeVante Parker had been the story of Miami Dolphins OTAs for his ability to snatch footballs out of the air.

Now the rookie receiver is making news for a more concerning reason.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Parker had undergone successful foot surgery, according to a team source. He is expected to be ready for the season opener against the Redskins

The team later confirmed the news.

Parker missed part of his senior season at Louisville after needing foot surgery. Per Rapoport, Friday's surgery was performed to replace the screw inserted last year. The decision to undergo surgery was a collaborative one between Parker, his agent Jimmy Gould, Parker's parents and the Dolphins.

Per the Miami Herald, the procedure was precautionary and if it were the regular season he'd be playing this week.

Parker flashed a wide catch-radius, good hands and willingness to go after every throw during OTAs. His potential alongside Jarvis Landry within Bill Lazor's offense had Dolphins fans salivating.

The Dolphins are taking the long-term approach with Parker's health. Per Rapoport, the receiver is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, but the focus is on the 2015 opener and indications are he'll be ready when games count in September.

While overhauling the receiver corps this offseason, the Dolphins added depth with veteran Greg Jennings, who will now likely play a key role alongside Landry and Kenny Stills until Parker returns. Miami also has Rishard Matthews as insurance on the depth chart.

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