Donald Parham

Detroit Lions
Tight End #49
Detroit Lions
Tight End #49

Donald Parham News

Season limited by injuries

Parham caught 10 of his 12 targets for 130 yards and touchdown during the 2022-23 season.

Analysis: Parham appeared in just six games as he battled various injuries throughout the season. Despite the limited playing time, Parham was still the most productive tight end on the roster aside from Gerald Everett. A restricted free agent this offseason, it'll be interesting to see if the big-bodied target will be brought back.

Jan 10, 2023 10:53 AM EST

First TD of 2022

Parham caught his only target for a three-yard touchdown in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Sunday marked the first touchdown for Parham this season. It's been a bit surprising to see the 6-foot-8 behemoth not used more in the red zone, but that's likely a credit to the sheer dominance of running back Austin Ekeler, who tallied another red-zone score in the aforementioned win. Parham once again saw 20-plus offensive snaps marking the third straight week the tight end saw a relevant role since his return from injured reserve.

Jan 3, 2023 1:02 PM EST

Continues to draw downfield targets

Parham caught one of his two targets for eight yards in the 20-3 win over the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: Parham continues to be a target of the team's intermediate-to-deep passing attack as the big-bodied pass catcher had a 20-plus yard reception wiped out due to a holding penalty. Parham might not see many targets and doesn't see enough consistent playing time to warrant fantasy consideration, but it's clear the Chargers want to get him involved downfield for explosive plays

Dec 26, 2022 9:42 PM EST

Snares three passes in return

Parham caught all three of his targets for 35 yards in the 17-14 win Sunday over the Titans.

Analysis: It's been a disappointing campaign for Parham, who many had aspirations of being a fantasy difference maker after positive buzz following a strong preseason. The 25-year-old's latest stretch of injuries -- first with a concussion and then a hamstring injury that forced the big-bodied target to land on injured reserve -- ultimately cost Parham a total of seven games, but Sunday's return was an immediate reminder of the aforementioned potential. While blocking specialist Tre' McKitty still wound up out-snapping Parham (22 to 21), the former XFL tight end could be an interesting option if Gerald Everett were to miss any time.

Dec 20, 2022 8:08 AM EST

Comes off IR

The Chargers activated Parham (hamstring) from injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Parham's 2022 campaign has been marred by numerous health concerns. First, a hamstring issue delayed his season debut to Week 5. After Week 6 action, Parham entered the concussion protocol and sat out Week 7. Following the team's Week 8 bye, he picked up another hamstring issue that forced him to IR. Now seemingly healthy for the first time in two months, Parham will have four potential appearances to close out the regular season as the nominal No. 2 tight end behind Gerald Everett.

Dec 17, 2022 2:20 PM EST

21-day period activated

The Chargers designated Parham (hamstring) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Wednesday's transaction now opens a 21-day window for the Chargers to add Parham back onto the active roster, after he missed each of the team's last six games with a hamstring issue. Once it's been medically determined that the 25-year-old is ready for game action, he'll likely compete for rotational snaps with Tre'McKitty and Stone Smartt behind starter Gerald Everett.

Dec 7, 2022 3:53 PM EST

Should return to practice soon

Coach Brandon Staley said Monday that Parham (hamstring) should return to practice at some point this week, Bridget Condon of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Parham has been on IR since the beginning of November, but it appears he could be nearing a return to practice. Once he's designated to return, the Chargers will have a 21-day window to add him to the active roster.

Dec 5, 2022 3:33 PM EST

Lands on IR

Parham (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: 2022 is quickly shaping up to be a lost season for Parham. The behemoth of a tight end missed the first four games of the regular season due to a hamstring and finally was activated in Week 5 only to suffer a concussion the following week. While the veteran managed to clear concussion protocol Thursday, it appears as if Parham once again will be forced to miss a large duration of time thanks to a hamstring issue. He'll be eligible to play in four weeks.

Nov 5, 2022 9:48 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Parham (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Parham was diagnosed with a concussion following Week 6 that sidelined him Week 7, but the Chargers' Week 8 bye helped him clear the protocol for head injuries earlier this week. However, a hamstring injury cropped up Thursday that held him out of practice, and he now will miss a second game in a row due to a health concern. With Parham out, Tre' McKitty and Richard Rodgers will be the candidates to get work behind starting tight end Gerald Everett.

Nov 4, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Picks up additional injury

Parham (concussion) was listed as a DNP due to a hamstring issue on the Chargers' injury report Thursday.

Analysis: Parham missed the first four games of the 2022 campaign with a hamstring injury before making his debut in Week 5. The 25-year-old then suffered a concussion in Week 6 and was sidelined for the following game against Seattle as a result. Parham apparently cleared protocols during the Bolts' bye week and returned to practice in full Wednesday, though he is now dealing with a hamstring issue once again. He will have one more practice to increase his activity before Sunday's game against the Falcons, or else he'll likely sit out for the sixth time this season.

Nov 3, 2022 4:30 PM EST

Back at practice

Parham (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice

Analysis: Parham has been making strides in his recovery over the last few days by clearing concussion protocols, but his status for Sunday's game against the Falcons remains in question, per Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times. Parham's ability to practice over the next few days will likely determine his availability for Week 9.

Nov 2, 2022 6:25 PM EST

Clears concussion protocol

Parham cleared concussion protocols and will practice Wednesday, but the tight end's status for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons remains to be determined, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Parham was sidelined for the Chargers' Week 7 matchup against Seattle due to a concussion but appears to have progressed through protocols during the team's Week 8 bye. The level of his participation Wednesday remains unknown, but he'll likely have to log at least one full practice before returning to game action.

Nov 2, 2022 12:53 PM EST

Sitting out in Week 7

Parham (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Seahawks, Eric Smith of the Chargers' official site reports.

Analysis: In the wake of L.A.'s Week 6 win against the Broncos, Parham entered the concussion protocol and hasn't practiced in the meantime. With Parham's status confirmed for this weekend, rookie third-rounder Tre'McKitty and potentially Richard Rodgers are set to serve as the reserve tight ends for starter Gerald Everett (illness).

Oct 21, 2022 1:47 PM EST

Misses practice Thursday

Parham (concussion) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: After missing back-to-back practices, Parham looks iffy for Sunday's game against the Seahwks. On the plus side for the Chargers, fellow tight end Gerald Everett (illness) -- who sat out Wednesday's session -- logged a full practice Thursday.

Oct 20, 2022 4:23 PM EST

Sidelined Wednesday

Parham (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The same applies to Gerald Everett (illness), which leaves Tre' McKitty as the Chargers' top healthy tight end at this stage of the week. Parham, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol, now has two more chances to return to practice ahead of Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Oct 19, 2022 4:17 PM EST

Suffered concussion Monday

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Tuesday that Parham is in concussion protocols, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Parham caught all three of his targets for 53 yards during Monday's overtime win, but he immediately took his helmet off and went to the sideline after his third and final catch, which is presumably when he suffered the concussion. His status for Week 7 remains unclear, but he'll likely have to log at least one full practice if he's going to suit up Sunday against the Seahawks.

Oct 18, 2022 2:20 PM EST

Excels in limited role

Parham caught all three of his targets for 53 yards in Monday's 19-16 overtime win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Parham only played 19 snaps compared to Everett's 51, but the 6-foot-8 behemoth was explosive in his limited role, as he tallied multiple receptions of 20-plus yards. Parham drew just one target in his debut last week after a lengthy absence due to a preseason hamstring injury, so it's entirely possible the 25-year-old could work into a larger role as the season progresses. Given Everett's utility as an underneath target, it's hard to imagine the aforementioned starter will be fazed out of the offense entirely, but Monday's contest demonstrated Parham's unique ability to be both a red-zone threat and sorely missed deep-route target.

Oct 18, 2022 8:56 AM EST

Held catchless in season debut

Parham failed to secure his only target in Sunday's 30-28 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Parham made his debut Sunday after dealing with a hamstring injury to start the season, but the 25-year-old tight end was unable to produce in a very limited role. The veteran played on just 18 of the Chargers' 71 offensive snaps, and his one target was the fewest of any pass catcher targeted by Justin Herbert in the contest. Parham operated as the No. 3 tight end, playing behind both Gerald Everett and Tre' McKitty. The 6-foot-8, 237-pounder should remain far off the fantasy radar when the Chargers host the Broncos in Week 6.

Oct 11, 2022 9:46 PM EST

Full participant Wednesday

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Parham (hamstring) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice, Bridget Condon of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Parham logged his first full practice Friday ahead of Week 4, but the team opted to still keep the tight end sidelined for the Chargers' win over the Texans out of an abundance of caution. Barring any setbacks, it appears Parham will make his season debut in Week 5 against the Browns, but it's unclear what his role will be. Gerald Everett has emerged as Los Angeles' top tight end, but Parham figures to carve out a role ahead of Tre' McKitty and Richard Rodgers.

Oct 5, 2022 12:25 PM EST

Remains out

Parham (hamstring) is inactive Sunday against the Texans, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Parham was able to log a full practice Friday, but considering the time he has missed, the Chargers will make him wait at least one more week to return. In his absence, Gerald Everett will continue to operate as team's No. 1 tight end, while Tre' McKitty and Richard Rodgers provide depth.

Oct 2, 2022 8:52 AM EST

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