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PHILADELPHIA --- It was almost a no-win situation to begin with at Temple for Louisville football, and then the Cardinals top wide receiver DeVante Parker injured his right shoulder in the second quarter.
The Owls were already another winless opponent that would do nothing to build UofL's national profile, no matter how badly the Cardinals blew Temple out (Louisville won 30-7). All that was required of the Cards was to get out of the City of Brotherly Love alive and well, before a Thursday night showdown with Rutgers...and then DeVante Parker injured his shoulder.
"The only one that is severe right now is DeVante," said head coach Charlie Strong after the game, when asked for an injury report. "Once we get him back and get him diagnosed, we'll see exactly where we are and go with the process from there."
Short of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Parker was the last player Cardinals fans wanted to see get hurt this season.
To make the injury more disheartening, it came on another one of Parker's electric plays - a 38-yard over-the-shoulder catch, before being brought down and landing hard on that right shoulder. It was Louisville's longest play from scrimmage against Temple.
As is standard protocol for any Louisville player that leaves the game due to injury, Strong said Parker will undergo an MRI when he returns to Louisville to discover the extent of the injury. Parker left the field after the game Saturday with his right arm in a sling and that shoulder heavily wrapped in ice.
"That's something we can't control," said Bridgewater after the game. "We have depth at that position. We have guys that can step up like today. Kai De La Cruz (4 receptions, 47 yards) came in today. He made big plays for the offense. If we have DeVante, we're happy, but if we don't, we still have to continue to play Louisville football."
Parker's school record of 10 consecutive games with a touchdown also ended with the injury.
Wideout Eli Rogers stepped up as well in Parker's absence, leading the UofL receiving corp with 74 yards on five catches, and a touchdown. Bridgewater completed passes to 10 different targets, finishing the day 25-of-35 for 348 yards and two touchdowns.
Next up: Rutgers Thursday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, with the latest on Parker's status coming no later than Monday at Charlie Strong's weekly news conference.
Other Notes: -
-Starting right guard Kamran Joyer did not make the trip. Strong said guys have to practice if they want to travel. Asked to clarify whether it was due to an injury or disciplinary in nature, Strong said it was a disciplinary decision. In his absence, ‘Mack & Cheese', Ryan Mack and Nacho Garcia, started at right tackle and right guard, respectively.
- Chris Acosta also saw some time on the offensive line, after Garcia left the game. Strong said it was a knee injury. Garcia spent time during the second half riding an exercise bike on the sideline.
- LB Keith Brown was on the trainer's table visibly frustrated in the 4th quarter, having his left knee brace taken off and left knee examined. Brown missed the first two games of the season with an undisclosed injury.
- RB Senorise Perry was having his surgically repaired right knee looked at in the waning minutes of the game, after the brace on that knee was taken off by trainers.
- DE Lorenzo Mauldin left the game briefly with a shoulder injury but quickly re-entered the game just a couple plays later.
- To reiterate, Charlie Strong only described Parker's injury as "severe" or significant, but with a short week, these are situations to keep an eye on in the coming days.