DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins are “preparing for the worst” this week when it comes to the status of receiver and 2015 first-round pick DeVante Parker against the Baltimore Ravens. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said Thursday that the team is putting a contingency plan in place to play without Parker, who injured his back last week in a win over the San Francisco 49ers.
“Right now, this moment, we got to make sure we have a plan in place if he doesn’t make it,” Christensen said. “If he does make it, it’s going to be at the last hour. That would be awesome.
“We’re hoping so, but right now we’re preparing for the worst.”
Parker essentially will be a game-time decision Sunday. His presence would be sorely missed against a Ravens defense that leads the NFL in stopping the run. Parker is Miami’s best deep threat who can break open a game. He has 41 receptions for 549 yards and two touchdowns.
Carroo stepped up last week in place of Parker with one catch for 15 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins may have to lean on Carroo and other young players in Baltimore if Parker can’t play.
“They’re going to have to be some bad boys down the stretch for us to get where we want to go,” Christensen said. “They’re going to be critical and we’re going to need them. ... There are no rookies anymore. Those are young guys who are going to have to make some big plays.”