Patriots lose starting wide receiver to head injury in Week 8 vs. Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker was quickly ruled out of their Week 8 matchup against the Dolphins with a head injury Sunday.

Parker actually took two shots to the head from Dolphins safety DeShon Elliott on the play — once on initial contact and again when Elliott landed on Parker. Parker dropped quarterback Mac Jones’ pass upon contact.

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No clue how you don’t rule violent contact to the head/neck of a defenseless receiver here. Kind of a textbook case.

— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) October 29, 2023

Elliott was not penalized for unnecessary roughness on the hit. The Patriots acquired Parker in a trade with the Dolphins last offseason.

Parker’s injury still leaves the Patriots with Kendrick Bourne, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Demario Douglas and Jalen Reagor at wide receiver. Reagor is expected to take on the bulk of Parker’s snaps at “X” wide receiver.

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