The No. 18 Louisville Cardinals lost their leading receiver DeVante Parker to an ankle injury in the first quarter of the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. the Miami Hurricanes on Dec. 28.
Parker left the field for further examination, per Jeff Greer of The Courier-Journal:
#UofL WR DeVante Parker (ankle) now walking to the locker room. Had extended conversation with trainers and limp still noticeable.— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) December 29, 2013
Parker returned in the second quarter, per Adam Lefkoe of WHAS11:
DeVante Parker is back on the field.— Adam Lefkoe (@WHAS11Lefkoe) December 29, 2013
Almost as soon as Parker returned he caught a 26-yard touchdown from QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Clearly quarterback Bridgewater's favorite target, the junior had caught 46 passes for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns entering the contest, which gave him the team lead in receiving yards and touchdowns.
2013 also marked Parker's second consecutive year with more than 700 receiving yards and more than 10 scores as he makes his case for the 2014 NFL draft (CBS Sports ranks him as the No. 19 player at his position with a fourth-round grade).