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Rashaad Penny

Rashaad Penny

Running Back #20
ADP:Round: 11, Pick: 7
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 220 lb.
College:San Diego State
Age:25
Born:February 2, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (27)
Draft Team:SEA

Rashaad Penny: Not playing Saturday

Penny (knee) is inactive for Saturday's contest against the Rams.

Analysis: When the Seahawks released their final injury report of the week Thursday, Penny didn't have a designation, despite experiencing a downgrade in activity from full to limited. The team tacked on a questionable designation Friday, while at the same time elevating Alex Collins from the practice squad. With Penny and DeeJay Dallas (coach's decision) sidelined for the wild-card round, Seattle's backfield will be headed by Chris Carson, with Carlos Hyde and Collins in reserve.

January 9, 2021 12:28 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Now questionable for Saturday

The Seahawks added Penny (knee) to the injury report Friday, listing him as questionable for Saturday's wild-card game against the Rams.

Analysis: Prior to Friday, Penny made his lone appearance on the Seahawks' practice report Thursday as a limited participant. Still, he didn't receive a designation at that time, so his change in status may impact the team's running back rotation this weekend. Behind Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and DeeJay Dallas are the other healthy options, while Alex Collins is a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad to the active roster if Penny is unable to play Saturday.

January 8, 2021 11:52 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Musters up 19 yards

Penny rushed six times for 19 yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Penny took on a larger role in his third game back from a torn ACL because Carlos Hyde (illness) didn't make the trip to San Francisco. The San Diego State product logged 28 of 65 offensive snaps, finishing just behind Chris Carson's 30 snaps but comfortably ahead of Alex Collins' 11 snaps. Carson drew more work while on the field, as he totaled 83 yards on 13 touches, and Collins was more efficient than Penny with 29 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Penny shapes up as a change-of-pace back when the playoffs start Saturday against the Rams.

January 4, 2021 3:09 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Bumps to No. 2 role

Penny (knee) is slated to work as Seattle's No. 2 running back in Sunday's game against the 49ers with Carlos Hyde (illness) ruled out, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Penny's reps have been managed since returning from a torn ACL, as he logged just 10 snaps and five carries over two games. The third-year running back could have an opportunity to step up in Week 17, and the coaching staff has hinted that Penny's time is coming. Earlier in the week, Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer stated that Penny was on the verge of "a breakout moment." Chris Carson is still the clear lead back, but Penny is expected to see a decent increase in reps Sunday. Alex Collins was also elevated from the practice squad to add depth.

January 2, 2021 2:07 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Clear of injury for Week 17

Penny (knee) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the 49ers, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Penny made a late-week appearance on the injury report by posting a limited session Thursday. This served as a notable development given that Penny tore his ACL last December and went without a game appearance until Week 15 of this season. The 24-year-old has garnered five rush attempts for 15 yards in his two 2020 appearances, and it appears he's in line for a Week 17 appearance as well given Seattle's latest injury update. With DeeJay Dallas (ankle) confirmed out for the regular-season finale and Carlos Hyde (illness) remaining questionable, Penny could see an uptick in usage against San Francisco.

January 1, 2021 2:49 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Limited at practice Thursday

Penny (knee) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny required more than a year of rehab after tearing his ACL along with other knee ligaments last December, but he's played in each of the last two games, logging 10 total snaps on offense. It's a bit concerning that he's back on the injury report, especially because he wasn't listed Wednesday, but it's possible that it's just for maintenance purposes. Penny's injury status should be more clear on Friday's practice report. His availability for the season finale against the 49ers could be more important than before, as both Carlos Hyde (illness) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) have missed two straight practices. Penny would be the primary backup to Chris Carson (foot) if those two missed time.

December 31, 2020 5:12 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Plays just four snaps

Penny rushed three times for nine yards in Sunday's 20-9 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Penny played just four of 63 snaps on offense, finishing well behind Chris Carson (40) and Carlos Hyde (20). He certainly showed some shiftiness in his short stint on the field, and it'll be interesting to see if the Seahawks ramp up his playing time in next week's game against the 49ers.

December 28, 2020 8:18 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Eases into action Sunday

Penny rushed twice for six yards in Sunday's 20-15 win over Washington.

Analysis: After more than a year of recovery from a torn ACL, Penny made his return to the field Sunday. He got his feet wet with just six snaps. The Seahawks likely will see how his body responds to the contact before ramping up his workload. The 2018 first-round pick isn't expected to take on major responsibility this year, but perhaps he can usurp Carlos Hyde as Seattle's No. 2 back by the start of playoffs. He'll look to build on his recent progress next week against the Rams.

December 21, 2020 7:56 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Comes off PUP list

The Seahawks activated Penny (knee) from the PUP list Saturday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Penny, who returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing his ACL last season, is expected to suit up for Sunday's home game against Washington. The 2018 first-round pick hasn't appeared in NFL action in over a year, and he's only had the benefit of a few days of practice, so the Seahawks could opt to ease him back into a rotation with Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson.

December 19, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Preparing to play in Week 15

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny (knee) is practicing with the intent of playing Sunday against Washington, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny returned to practice last Wednesday, opening his 21-day window to be activated from the PUP list. The 2018 first-round pick immediately drew praise from the organization's leaders; Russell Wilson called him "electric", and Carroll said he "exceeded expectations with his movement and his quickness", according to Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle. Penny hasn't played in a game in over a year, and if he suits up this week, he could be eased into a rotation with fellow running backs Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson. The Seahawks will make a decision on Penny's Week 15 status by Saturday.

December 14, 2020 3:18 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Looking 'great' in practice

Coach Pete Carroll said Penny (knee) "looked great" in practice this week, but the earliest the running back will return is Week 15 at Washington, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks opened Penny's 21-day window to be activated from the PUP list Wednesday, and he's thoroughly impressed everyone in the organization so far. On Thursday, Russell Wilson noted Penny has "been electric" and is "physical, quick, catches the ball well, he picks up his protections," per Brady Henderson of ESPN.com. Carroll followed up Wilson's comments with some of his own Friday, telling Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle that Penny has "exceeded our expectations with his movement and his quickness." The Seahawks can wait to bring Penny back until he's ready with Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and DeeJay Dallas on hand. Having said that, Penny could factor into the mix immediately once he's back on the active roster.

December 11, 2020 2:15 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Returns to practice

Penny (knee) returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing his ACL last season, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny has been on the PUP list all season, but his return to practice will officially open the 21-day window for the team to bring back the 2018 first-round pick. It has been one year and one day since Penny tore his ACL, so he could be ready to jump right back into game action if his rehabilitation has been going well. If cleared to play, Penny would likely jostle with Carlos Hyde for change-of-pace duties behind starter Chris Carson.

December 9, 2020 1:40 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Practicing next week

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Penny (knee) is slated to join the team for practice next week, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Penny has been sidelined for a full year after tearing the ACL in his left knee, but the third-year running back is finally ready to take a major step forward in his recovery by getting back on the practice field. Once he takes part in his first practice, Penny will initiate a 21-day window for the Seahawks to evaluate him for a return to the 53-man roster. Given his lengthy layoff, Penny will likely need more than one week of practice time to prepare himself for game action, so don't expect him to make his 2020 debut until Week 15 in Washington, at the soonest.

December 4, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Inching closer to return

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Penny (knee) should return to practice later this week or early next week, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Penny continues to rehab from the torn ACL that he suffered in Week 14 of the 2019 season, and he's eyeing his next step: a return to practice. Once he takes the field again, it may take a while for the 24-year-old running back to ramp up his activity level and suit up in a game, as he sustained major knee damage beyond just the ACL. Once he's back to 100 percent, Penny figures to operate as the No. 2 behind Chris Carson (foot), although Carlos Hyde (toe) has been serviceable in that role so far.

December 2, 2020 4:21 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Could practice next week

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that he's hopeful Penny (knee) will be ready to practice with the team next week, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny has been sidelined all season while rehabbing from the torn ACL he suffered Week 14 of 2019, but he looks to finally be nearing the finish line of his recovery. Because of his lengthy layoff, Penny will likely require several practices to get up to full speed, so he may still be multiple weeks away from making his way back to the 53-man roster. If Penny does get activated at some point, the Seahawks probably wouldn't ask him to take on more than a handful of touches per game behind lead back Chris Carson.

November 24, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Still a few weeks away

Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Penny (knee) is "a few weeks away" from retaking the field, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Penny has spent the entire 2020 campaign on the PUP list and still hasn't practiced, but it appears that the Seahawks still expect him to return at some point this season. However, just as the PUP list restricts players from practicing for the first six weeks of the season, it is also required that players must either then resume practicing, shift to IR or be released after an additional five weeks elapse, so Seattle will need to make a decision on Penny sooner rather than later.

November 19, 2020 9:25 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Still not practicing

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny (knee) is making good progress but hasn't returned to practice, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports. "It's just a matter of when they feel and he feels ready to go out there and bang those cuts," Carroll said.

Analysis: Carroll has been ambivalent about Penny's condition all season, consistently praising the running back's recovery but falling short of providing a clear timeline to return. Time is running out, though, as Penny will need to return to practice by Week 11, otherwise, he'll be required to stay on the PUP list for the rest of the season.

November 9, 2020 3:37 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Not likely for Week 8 return

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny (knee) will "probably not" return Week 8, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Carroll appears committed to not rushing Penny back from the ACL tear he sustained Week 14 last season, even with Chris Carson set to undergo an MRI on what's been called a mid-foot sprain. The decision to allow Penny extended time to rehab likely stems in part due to Carroll's confidence in No. 2 running back Carlos Hyde, in addition to the fact that Penny's surgery uncovered additional damage in his knee. An official timetable for the 2018 first-round pick's return still remains undisclosed.

October 26, 2020 9:54 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: No timeline yet for return

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that there's "no set ETA" for Penny's (knee) return to the Seahawks' active roster, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Two weeks removed from saying Penny was "getting really close" but wouldn't be rushed back, Carroll had another non-update on Penny's recovery from the torn left ACL he suffered Week 14 of last season. The prolonged rehab likely stems to the additional damage found in the knee during surgery, but there's no sense yet when the Seahawks will open his window to return from the reserve/PUP list. In the meantime, Chris Carson will be relied upon as the team's No. 1 back, with Carlos Hyde (shoulder), Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas on hand for any reps that trickle down to the reserves.

October 19, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Won't be rushed back

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny (knee) is close to returning but won't be rushed back into the lineup, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Penny tore his ACL last year in Week 14 and wasn't 100 percent to begin the 2020 season, so he was placed on the PUP list to ensure a full recovery. Carroll has consistently praised Penny's progress, and the 2018 first-rounder will be eligible to return to the lineup in Week 7's matchup against the 49ers. However, Carroll rightly sees no reason to rush him back since Chris Carson is healthy and handling the lead back duties admirably. These plans are subject to change if Carson gets hurt, but Penny's long-term health is a top priority.

October 5, 2020 3:56 PM EST

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