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What Devante Parker's Injury Means to Labor Day

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Miami's defense still has its' work cut out for them, but things may have got a little easier via some very unfortunate news.

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Friday evening Louisville announced that superstar WR Devante Parker had injured his foot and was on his way to see a specialist.

While Parker's status for Miami is not yet official, the fact he is off to see an orthopedic specialist and not just receiving treatment is likely indicative of something serious enough that UM will not see him in 8 days.

This is the worst possible news imaginable for the Cardinals.  No one ever wants to hear about a player getting injured, but this is certainly a break for the 'Canes.

Parker is a 6'3 monster of a receiver who lit up Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl to the tune of 9 catches for 142 yards and a score.

Tracy Howard, who made huge strides last season as a sophomore CB, looked completely over matched last December.  In his defense, Parker projects as one of the most highly touted skill position players in next year's NFL Draft.

UM was likely going to need to roll a safety to Parker's side more often than not.

With the Cardinals featuring Dominick Brown, Michael Dyer, and LJ Scott at RB, that would have made things all the more difficult in stopping the run.

Not to mention the effect it has on first year starting QB Will Gardiner.

It's almost like Jake Heaps and/or Brad Kaaya losing Stacy Coley.  Worse yet with Parker being the most dynamic player on the Cardinals' roster it is more like losing Duke Johnson.

'Canes fans know all too well how that feels.

One thing is for sure,  the game on 9/1 probably just lost one of its' biggest stars.