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Broken collar bone to keep Parker out of spring practice
LOUISA — Kentucky Wildcat wide receiver and Louisa native Gerad Parker will miss the rest of the Wildcats' spring practice due to a broken collarbone.

Parker, a junior wideout who established school and state receiving records at Lawrence County High School, had suffered a broken collarbone last fall and missed the last seven games of the Kentucky football season. He broke the same bone on Saturday, but says the injury is slightly different than the first time around.

"Last time, I broke the collarbone completely through," Parker said on Wednesday. "This time, it wasn't a complete break."

Parker said he was running a simple post route in practice on Saturday and the quarterback led him a bit on the throw and he dove for it and felt a pop.

"I didn't even stretch out completely for it, but I landed on that left side and felt a pop and knew I had hurt it again," said Parker.

The junior said even though the break was not as severe, the estimated time of recovery and rehabilitation would be about the same as last time.

"I will only be in a shoulder sling four weeks this time; last time it was nine weeks," he said. "But overall it will probably be three months, which will put me back in the summer. Even then, though, I probably won't be at 100 percent."

Parker finished his career at Lawrence County as the state's all-time leading receiver and helped his team to two state semi-final berths.

He is the son of Rick and Laura Parker of Louisa.

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