Rashaad Penny

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

Rashaad Penny News

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

Sits out preseason opener

Penny, who is dealing with a minor groin injury, didn't play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Steelers, Gregg Bell of the Seattle News-Tribune reports.

Analysis: With Penny sitting this one out, 2022 second-rounder Kenneth Walker drew the start at running back for Seattle, while Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas and Darwin Thompson also logged carries. For now, consider Penny day-to-day ahead of Thursday night's contest against the Bears.

Aug 14, 2022 3:24 PM EST

Iffy for Saturday

Coach Pete Carroll relayed Thursday that Penny is dealing with a slight groin issue, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, it seems unlikely that Penny will play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Steelers. Per Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune, with Penny a candidate to sit out the contest, rookie second-rounder Kenneth Walker should see his share of backfield action versus Pittsburgh.

Aug 11, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Competition clearer sans Carson

Penny will compete with Kenneth Walker for the starting running back job following news that Chris Carson (neck) will retire, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Penny, Carson and rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker were all candidates for the starting job heading into the 2022 season. While Penny was projected to be the starting running back, Carson's presence as a bruiser with pass-catching capabilities could've cut into Penny's workload. Now, Walker -- who may need time to develop his skills on passing downs -- will be Penny's main competition during the preseason. Of course, Penny's health is a concern considering he only played 23 games over the last three seasons. However, he finished the 2021 campaign with 671 rushing yards (7.3 YPC) and five touchdowns over the final five games, showcasing his elite upside when healthy.

Jul 27, 2022 5:03 AM EST

Projected for starting duties

Penny is expected to be the Seahawks' primary running back in 2022, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Of course, this includes the caveat that Penny stays healthy, which is a legitimate concern because Penny has been active for just 23 games over the last three seasons. However, the 2018 first-round pick is healthy heading into training camp. After rushing for 671 yards (7.3 YPC) and six touchdowns over the final five games last year, Penny doesn't need to prove much in training camp to win the starting job over rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker, and Chris Carson's (neck) odds of being cleared are increasingly pessimistic.

Jul 15, 2022 11:18 AM EST

Back at practice

Penny (hamstring) participated in Tuesday's practice, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny sat out of OTAs last week due to a slight hamstring issue, so it's encouraging to see him back at practice, even if it was a lighter session. The 2018 first-round pick finished last season with 119 carries for 749 yards and six touchdowns -- all career highs -- and figures to be a vital piece for the Seahawks in 2022. Penny and second-round pick Kenneth Walker are currently the top healthy options in Seattle's backfield with Chris Carson still nursing a delicate neck injury.

May 31, 2022 2:16 PM EST

Nursing a hamstring injury

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny is resting a slight hamstring issue during the start of Seattle's voluntary OTAs, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract this offseason to return to Seattle after finishing with 119 carries for 749 yards and six touchdowns -- all career highs -- across 10 appearances last season. If healthy, Chris Carson (neck) figures to lead the backfield in 2022, but there's doubts he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, per Gregg Bell of the News Tribune. If that's the case, Penny and second-round pick Kenneth Walker would be competing for a starting job. Regardless, the 2018 first-round pick appears to be a vital piece to Seattle's backfield moving forward, so the team will likely be extremely cautious with his minor hamstring injury this offseason.

May 23, 2022 2:56 PM EST

Joined by rookie in backfield

Penny will have more competition in training camp after the Seahawks selected Kenneth Walker in the second round (41st overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to the draft, Penny's main competition was set to be Chris Carson, but the Seahawks have hinted that they have doubts about Carson's ability to return from a neck injury, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reports. Penny has never had a fully healthy season, either. Thus, it's not surprising that the Seahawks utilized a draft pick to bring in another running back, but utilizing this high of a pick signals that the Seahawks believe Walker can be their starter in the at some point. Nevertheless, it's Penny's job to lose. His production last season was undisputable, rumbling for 692 total yards and six touchdowns over the final five games. If Penny can stay healthy, we may witness a situation similar to 2018 when Penny was a rookie first-round pick but Carson -- the second-year player -- never gave up the starting job.

Apr 30, 2022 8:27 AM EST

Returning to Seattle

Penny agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Seahawks on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Penny's injury issues marred the first three seasons of his career, and he played only three games during the first half of 2021 due to a calf issue before breaking out down the stretch. The 26-year-old finished with 119 carries for 749 yards and six touchdowns as he flashed his first-round potential, leading to another year with the Seahawks. Chris Carson is expected to be ready for training camp after missing most of last season with a neck issue, and he and Penny figure to split Seattle's backfield work for 2022 if both can stay healthy.

Mar 20, 2022 12:14 PM EST

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