MIAMI GARDENS — The Dolphins have never missed DeVante Parker like they did over the last three weeks, and he came back strongly in the 27-24 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Parker, who was out with an ankle injury, returned with five catches for 76 yards against the Raiders. Jay Cutler hit him on a 13-yard pass to convert a third-and-five on the opening series, and he was good from there.
“I felt good out there,” he said. “Great to be back. I missed too many games. I wanted to be out there with my teammates and be out there working.”
Parker’s best catch came in the final minutes as Miami scrambled desperately to get back into the game. Cutler threw a 26-yarder to him on the right sideline, and he caught it with one hand before barely getting his knee down in bounds for the completion. It was initially ruled incomplete, but was reversed after replay review.
Parker believed it was the first one-handed catch of his college or pro career.
“It just got down,” he said. “I just fell and it happened. I didn’t know where. I didn’t know if I (got in) or not.”
Parker was leading the team in yardage before the injury. He’s now third in catches (24) and yardage (312) behind Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.
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