Rashaad Penny

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #20
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #20

Rashaad Penny News

Still rehabbing, per Carroll

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny (ankle) has yet to start running and remains in the midst of his rehab from a broken left fibula and high-ankle sprain, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Penny suffered the injuries back in Week 5 and underwent surgery to repair the fracture on Oct. 12, getting a four-month recovery timetable at the time. That may have inched up, if only for a day, after he told Ian Furness of 93.3 KJR Seattle on Sunday that he may be able to suit up in the playoffs if the Seahawks play beyond Week 18. The comments come in the wake of Travis Homer sitting out Week 13 with an illness and Kenneth Walker (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) picking up health concerns in Sunday's 27-23 win at the Rams. With such a banged-up backfield, the situation could be such in mid-January that Penny has a chance to return, even it's premature.

Dec 5, 2022 4:54 PM EST

Could return for playoffs

Penny (ankle/fibula) said Sunday that there's a "decent chance" he could return if the Seahawks make the playoffs, Curtis Crabtree of Fox 13 Seattle reports.

Analysis: Penny underwent surgery to repair his left ankle and fractured fibula in October and has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season, but he's apparently made good progress in his recovery and is in the mix for a return during the playoffs. Kenneth Walker sustained an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Rams, and the severity of the issue isn't yet known. Regardless of Walker's status down the stretch, Penny's potential availability for the playoffs would provide Seattle's backfield with a fresh set of legs during the postseason. The 26-year-old logged 57 carries for 346 yards and two touchdowns while securing four of five targets for 16 yards over five appearances prior to sustaining his injury.

Dec 4, 2022 5:28 PM EST

Shuttled to IR

Seattle placed Penny (ankle/fibula) on injured reserve Friday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny's move to IR was merely a formality after he underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair his left ankle and fractured fibula. The transaction opens up a spot on the 53-man roster, but it's unclear if Seattle plans to use it on another running back. Seattle already claimed Tony Jones off waivers from New Orleans earlier this week to add depth behind rookie Kenneth Walker, who is expected to step into a lead role out of the backfield beginning with Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Oct 14, 2022 12:42 PM EST

Will undergo surgery Tuesday

Penny will undergo season-ending surgery on his fractured fibula Tuesday and faces a four-month recovery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Penny suffered the injury during the team's Week 5 loss to the Saints and will miss the remainder of the 2022 campaign. However, per Rapoport, an MRI on Monday revealed that his ankle was relatively clean, so he should make a full recovery. Penny, who signed a one-year deal to return to Seattle this offseason, will be a free agent next Summer and, barring his return to health, could be one of the more sought after players during the 2023 offseason. In the meantime, Kenneth Walker, a rookie second-round pick, is expected to take over as Seattle's primary running back, while DeeJay Dallas handles his usual third-down role.

Oct 10, 2022 12:55 PM EST

Out for the year

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny (lower leg) is done for the season due to a broken fibula and a high-ankle sprain, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Penny will require season-ending surgery, an outcome which Carroll correctly diagnosed as "a heartbreaking loss for him." The 2018 first-round pick had averaged an outstanding 6.1 yards per carry through the first five weeks of the season, to build off his 6.3 YPC mark from 2021. That had Penny well on track to enter free agency in 2023 with plenty of leverage. Instead, he will now have to do so while rehabbing from a serious injury. In the immediate future, rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker is primed to take over Seattle's lead back duties, with DeeJay Dallas stepping into the No. 2 role.

Oct 10, 2022 9:45 AM EST

Injury considered severe

Coach Pete Carroll said Penny sustained a "serious" injury to his lower left leg during Sunday's loss at New Orleans and may be out awhile, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Penny left the contest during the Seahawks' first drive after halftime and needed a cart to get to the locker room. According to Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic, Penny was seen with a walking boot on his left foot and on crutches in the locker room afterward. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network provided more insight into the injury, calling it a broken tibia, and Penny will undergo more tests to determine the extent of the damage. Penny likely is in store for a lengthy absence, which would allow rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker to take on a majority share of the touches among Seahawks running backs with Travis Homer (ribs) already on injured reserve. DeeJay Dallas is the other healthy running back on the team's active roster.

Oct 9, 2022 2:02 PM EST

Hurts left ankle Sunday

Penny suffered a left ankle injury during Sunday's game in New Orleans, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Penny picked up the health concern on a carry during Seattle's first possession of the second half and needed a cart to get to the locker room. If he's unable to reenter the contest, he'll come out of Week 5 with eight rushes for 54 yards. Rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker and DeeJay Dallas are the remaining healthy running backs on the active roster.

Oct 9, 2022 12:29 PM EST

Injures left leg Sunday

Penny was carted to the locker room during Sunday's game at New Orleans due to an injury to his lower left leg, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Penny was examined by the Seahawks' training staff on the team's first drive of the second half before the decision was made to take him to the locker room. If he's unable to return, he'll finish Week 5 with eight carries for 54 yards.

Oct 9, 2022 12:19 PM EST

Practices in full Thursday

Penny (shoulder) was a full practice participant Thursday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After taking a season-high 18 touches for 157 total yards and two rushing TDs this past Sunday at Detroit, Penny showed up to a media session with his shoulders heavily wrapped. He then kicked off Week 5 prep with a DNP, only to return Thursday with a cap on his reps. Penny thus received a maintenance day Wednesday, while rookie Kenneth Walker was added to the injury report Thursday as limited with a shoulder issue of his own. There's no telling if Walker is in danger of sitting out Sunday at New Orleans, but Penny himself is poised to lead the Seahawks backfield again this weekend.

Oct 6, 2022 4:37 PM EST

Back at practice Thursday

Penny (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny's shoulder were heavily wrapped during media availability after the Seahawks' Week 4 win at Detroit, in which he turned a season-high 18 touches into 157 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns. He then proceeded to sit out Wednesday's practice, but that presumably was for maintenance-related reasons. Thursday's injury report will reveal whether or not Penny was limited or full as he got back on the field.

Oct 6, 2022 3:46 PM EST

Tending to shoulder issue

Penny was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: On the heels of his 151-yard, two-touchdown performance in a Week 4 win at Detroit, Penny had his shoulders heavily wrapped when he met with the media, according to Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune. At the outset of practice Wednesday, Penny was spotted on the side during warmups, per Brady Henderson of ESPN.com, and he eventually had a DNP next to his name on Seattle's first Week 5 injury report. As a result, Penny's status will be one to monitor Thursday and Friday to get a sense of his potential to play Sunday in New Orleans. Rookie second-rounder Kenneth Walker and DeeJay Dallas are the next running backs behind Penny on the team's depth chart.

Oct 5, 2022 4:36 PM EST

Blasts through century mark in win

Penny rushed 17 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns and brought in his only target for six yards in the Seahawks' 48-45 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Penny kept up his strong start to the season with his first 100-yard game of the campaign, getting past the mark largely on the back of 36- and 41-yard touchdown runs in the second half that helped seal the wild win for Seattle. The latter scamper came at an especially critical time, as it came with 2:14 remaining after the Lions had closed to within three points. Penny's pair of trips to the end zone were also his first of the season, and he'll take an impressive 6.0 yards per carry figure into a tough Week 5 road matchup against the Saints talented defensive front.

Oct 2, 2022 2:16 PM EST

Gains 69 yards in loss

Penny rushed 14 times for 66 yards and caught his lone target for three yards in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: The Seahawks were in this game from start to finish, and Penny's workload (14 of 21 running back carries) reflected that better than last week's blowout loss to San Francisco. It has been a disappointing start to the 2022 campaign for the popular breakout candidate, as he now sits at a pedestrian 32 carries for 141 yards and no touchdowns through three contests. Seattle's receiving back, Travis Homer (ribs), went down to injury in Sunday's loss, so Penny could see a few extra targets if the former is forced to miss extended time. Penny will look to break his scoreless drought against a porous Lions defense that has surrendered 31.0 points per game to opposing offenses this season.

Sep 25, 2022 4:48 PM EST

Held in check in Week 2

Penny gained 15 yards on six carries in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: The entire Seattle running game got shut down, managing only 36 rushing yards total and 2.6 yards per carry, so Penny's poor performance wasn't out of place. Rookie Kenneth Walker also saw six touches (four carries and two catches) in his NFL debut, and the potential for a true timeshare between the two should be concerning for fantasy GMs with Penny stock, but it's hard to draw many conclusions from a game script that forced the Seahawks away from their preferred ground-heavy approach. Up next in Week 3 is a Falcons defense that has yet to allow a RB to reach 50 rushing yards against them.

Sep 18, 2022 5:12 PM EST

Gets 14 touches in Week 1 win

Penny rushed 12 times for 60 yards and caught two of three targets for seven yards in Monday's 17-16 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Penny picked up where he left off late last season as Seattle's featured back, as other Seahawks running backs combined for just one rushing attempt. Penny put the ball on the ground at the end of a 26-yard run in the second quarter, but a mix of hustle and awareness from center Austin Blythe to get on top of it ensured that Seattle kept possession. A would-be 23-yard run was erased by a holding penalty in the third, but Penny still averaged a productive 5.0 yards on the carries that counted. The potential return of rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker (hernia) could complicate matters, but Penny should monopolize carries until that point, which may not come before the Seahawks face San Francisco in Week 2.

Sep 12, 2022 9:29 PM EST

Puts end to COVID absence

Coach Pete Carroll said Penny returned to team facilities Tuesday from his bout with COVID-19, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Penny tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday, ensuring that he wouldn't see any game action during the preseason. He sat out the exhibition opener due to a minor groin injury before being a healthy scratch for preseason Week 2. Penny's ability to stay healthy has been an issue throughout his career, but his impressive end to the 2021 campaign (671 yards and six TDs on the ground over the final five games) has him in good standing ahead of a Week 1 matchup with the Broncos. Helping his cause further is the fact rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker's status for the opener is in question due to his recovery from hernia surgery, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.com.

Aug 30, 2022 5:43 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID

Penny tested positive for COVID-19 and won't play in Friday's preseason game against Dallas, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Penny reportedly doesn't have serious symptoms and is expected to rejoin the team within a few days. He's still on track for the start Week 1 against Denver, with potential for an especially large workload if rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker (abdomen) isn't ready.

Aug 25, 2022 11:35 AM EST

Unlikely for preseason finale

Penny isn't likely to play in Friday's preseason game against Dallas, with the Seahawks trying to keep him healthy for Week 1 against Denver, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Penny is set to enter Week 1 as the starter, and he could see an especially large workload early on with fellow running back Kenneth Walker (abdomen) recovering from surgery. The Seahawks weren't ready to rule the rookie out beyond the preseason at the time of surgery, but it doesn't appears his chances are great.

Aug 23, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Not in line to play Thursday

Penny isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: The same goes for rookie second-round running back Kenneth Walker, who is slated for surgery to repair a hernia. If all goes well in his recovery, Walker is in line to play Week 1, while Penny still has a chance to make an appearance before then in the Seahawks' final exhibition Friday, Aug. 26 at Dallas. Penny didn't play in the team's preseason opener due to a minor groin injury, so it appears coach Pete Carroll and company are being cautious with their presumed top RB.

Aug 18, 2022 4:32 PM EST

Back on practice field

Penny (groin) returned to practice Tuesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks held Penny out of Saturday's exhibition opener at Pittsburgh due to a minor groin injury, but as he got back on the field Tuesday he took handoffs in individual work before notching a 40-yard carry once team drills kicked off, per Condotta. While his issues with health are apparent, Penny will continue his quest to be the Seahawks' No. 1 running back to begin the season, with rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker his primary competition.

Aug 16, 2022 2:33 PM EST

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