DeVante Parker lined up across from a defensive back and ran his routes full speed for the first time since June, when he needed a screw replaced in his surgically repaired left foot.
The Dolphins have long targeted the Sept. 13 season opener at Washington as the return date for their 2015 first-round pick, and Monday the rookie receiver began testing out the stability his foot, which he initially injured during his senior season at Louisville.
Parker ran routes on his own after practice Monday, which was a positive sign. His hesitation when cutting hard on the foot backed up coach Joe Philbin's statement that Parker still has plenty of work to do on his route running.
"I watched some of the route timing, and it looks like it's been a while since he ran routes," Philbin said. "He looks good. He's moving well. He's working on the timing, the rhythm of the play and splits and depth. That's extremely valuable for him at this point."
After showing flashes in OTAs, Parker began training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, but he was taken off it two weeks ago. He began jogging last week. Monday's practice was the first time he was running while doing football activity, but it's unclear just how active he was because reporters couldn't watch the entire practice, the story said.