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Rashaad Penny

Rashaad Penny

Running Back #20
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 2
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 220 lb.
College:San Diego State
Age:24
Born:February 2, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (27)
Draft Team:SEA

Rashaad Penny: Bound for training camp

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Penny (knee) will report to training camp Friday and complete COVID-19 intake testing before potentially taking part in workouts, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Carroll didn't elaborate on where Penny stands in his recovery from reconstructive left knee surgery he required in December, but it can probably be taken as a positive that the team has yet to place him on the active/PUP list. Given the timing of his procedure to address the torn ACL, Penny still may be hard pressed to gain clearance for Week 1, and Carroll did note that the Seahawks aren't inclined to rush him back into action. Despite his own questionable health over his three seasons in the NFL, Chris Carson (hip) still profiles as the clear top Seattle back to target in fantasy drafts.

August 3, 2020 1:57 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Headed for PUP list?

Penny (knee) could open the 2020 season on the PUP list, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks have consistently been optimistic about Chris Carson's recovery from a hip fracture, while the tone has been far more cautious when discussing Penny's rehab from ACL surgery. GM John Schneider cautioned that the timeline could be tricky, noting that the 2018 first-round pick suffered his major injury late in the season (Dec. 8 to be exact). Reports from January suggested the damage in Penny's left knee went beyond an ACL tear, but he did show visible progress in March when he posted a video of himself doing footwork drills. The Seahawks haven't prioritized backfield additions so far this offseason, scooping up DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round and Anthony Jones as an undrafted free agent.

May 1, 2020 5:12 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Continues making progress

Penny (knee), via his personal Twitter account, posted a video of himself taking part in footwork drills.

Analysis: At last check Penny was able to ride on a stationary bike, but it now appears his rehab has advanced to the point he can get up on his feet. Penny still has several months to go in his recovery, but things seem to be going as planned thus far.

March 15, 2020 7:16 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Preseason PUP candidate

Penny (knee) is a candidate to begin training camp on the Seahawks' preseason PUP list, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: That's not surprising considering Penny tore his ACL in Week 14 of the 2019 season and subsequently had surgery later in December. Given the timing of his injury, coupled with reports that the running back's knee woes went beyond his ACL tear, Penny's status for Seattle's season opener remains murky. On the plus side with regard to the team's Week 1 backfield composition, Chris Carson (hip) is on track to be ready for the start of the coming campaign, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

February 25, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Making rehab prgoress

Penny (knee) used a stationary bike Tuesday, taking a step forward in his rehab from a torn ACL, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

Analysis: Penny tore up his knee Week 14 and had surgery later in December. Coach Pete Carroll said the injury involved damage beyond an ACL tear, but Carroll also mentioned in early January that the Seahawks were pleased with Penny's early progress. The 24-year-old faces a challenge to make it back on the field for the early part of the 2020 campaign, while backfield mate Chris Carson is expected to recover from a hip fracture without needing surgery, potentially returning to practice as soon as May or June.

February 14, 2020 6:14 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Has additional damage beyond ACL

Penny's knee injury involves more damage than just a torn ACL, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "There were some other things that they had to clean up and all that," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "It was more than just a simple ACL surgery."

Analysis: An ACL tear typically requires 9-to-12 months for recovery/rehab, and additional damage to the knee will make it even more of a challenge for Penny to be ready by Week 1 of 2020. The Seahawks do anticipate a return to full strength eventually, with the 2018 first-round pick presumably hoping to contribute to the team at some point during his third pro season. Meanwhile, fellow running back Chris Carson is expected to avoid surgery for his season-ending hip injury, though he too faces an "extensive recovery", per Carroll.

January 2, 2020 6:15 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Goes to IR as expected

Penny (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday,John Boyle of the Seahawks' official sitereports.

Analysis: This was a mere formality, as Penny is slated to have surgery to repair his torn ACL which he suffered last Sunday against the Rams. The 2018 first-round pick does not have a recovery timetable set as of yet, but it's possible the extensive knee injury could ultimately force Penny to miss portions of the 2020 season as well, although more information regarding the expected timeline won't occur until some time after the initial surgery.

December 14, 2019 1:39 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Preparing for surgery

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Penny will undergo surgery to repair his ACL when swelling in his knee subsides, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Carroll also confirmed that measures to address additional damage to Penny's knee could be taken after his ACL is surgically repaired, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports. The 2018 first-round pick is expected to be sidelined until at least training camp, and it remains to be seen whether his status for the 2020 season will be impacted at all. For the remainder of the 2019 season, Chris Carson will serve as the clear workhorse in Seattle's backfield while C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer play change-of-pace roles.

December 11, 2019 12:46 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: ACL tear confirmed

An MRI confirmed that Penny tore his ACL during Sunday night's loss to the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The report adds that Penny has additional damage to his knee and that the 2018 first-rounder will be sidelined until training camp. With the promising back unavailable down the stretch, Chris Carson is slated to head the Seattle ground game going forward, with C.J. Prosise and rookie Travis Homer in line to work in complementary roles.

December 9, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Ruled out for season

Penny (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the 2019 season, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Penny suffered a knee injury on the first drive of Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Rams, and additional testing revealed he's dealing with an ACL sprain. The second-year running back will be placed on IR soon, and he'll finish the season with 65 rushes for 370 yards (5.7 YPC) and three touchdowns while adding eight receptions for 83 yards and a score. It's unsettled whether Penny's injury will affect his status for the 2020 season. Chris Carson is set to be the bell cow moving forward, and C.J. Prosise and rookie Travis Homer are expected to rotate in as well.

December 9, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Suffered significant MCL sprain

Coach Pete Carroll described Penny's injury as a significant ACL sprain in his post-game interview after Sunday's loss to the Rams, Aaron J. Fentress of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Penny will likely require additional tests to determine just how significant this injury is, it sounds like he's staring at a multi-week absence. Chris Carson should recapture most of the touches vacated by Penny's absence moving forward.

December 8, 2019 9:05 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Ruled out of SNF

Penny has been ruled out with a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Rams.

Analysis: Chris Carson will go back to a workhorse role on the ground for Seattle. This injury comes just as Penny had begun earning more touches, and he had been making the most of them with three touchdowns in the previous two weeks. Expect word on the severity of Penny's injury to come out after the game.

December 8, 2019 5:54 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Heads off to locker room early

Penny had to go to the locker room with an undisclosed injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny's return should be considered questionable at best. He made a 16-yard catch before departing, but it looked like he got hurt at the end of the play, and he made his way to the locker room soon after getting checked out in the blue medical tent. This ill-timed injury comes just as the second-year running back had mustered the best two-week stretch of his career in the preceding games.

December 8, 2019 5:40 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Explosive en route to two scores

Penny rushed 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown and caught four of five targets for 33 yards and a score in Monday's 37-30 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Penny and Chris Carson both carried on the first drive and looked explosive in the process, and Carson finished the contest with 109 yards from scrimmage and a score of his own. While Carson garnered a majority of the rushes (23), he averaged 4.4 yards per carry compared to Penny's 4.9. Furthermore, Penny showcased an intriguing pass-catching prowess with his best effort through the air since his NFL debut (four catches for 35). While most game scripts don't allow running backs to split a total of 38 rushes, there's little doubt that Penny has a role in this offense going forward, and he'll look to continue his upward trajectory in Week 14 against the Rams.

December 2, 2019 8:51 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: May get more reps

Penny may be in line for more consistent work moving forward, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. "We are going to see if we can get more out of him," coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday.

Analysis: Penny and starter Chris Carson split the offensive snaps almost down the middle during Sunday's 17-9 win at Philadelphia, with the former getting 30 to the latter's 31 (of 61 total). Taking advantage of a career-high share of those plays, Penny compiled 14 carries for 129 yards and one touchdown, versus Carson's 12 touches for 57 yards from scrimmage and no scores. Considering Penny still averaged 5.5 YPC on his rushes that didn't go to the house -- he had a 58-yard TD in the fourth quarter -- he seems deserving of a role. It remains to be seen whether Carroll will uphold his end of the bargain.

November 27, 2019 1:18 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Erupts for 129 yards, touchdown

Penny rushed 14 times for 129 yards in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Penny entered the contest with just 167 rushing yards as the secondary option to Carson, but the second-year pro out-touched Carson 14-12 and outgained him by 72 yards. His day was highlighted by breaking free for a career-best 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as he showcased the explosiveness that enticed the Seahawks to select him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Coach Pete Carroll stuck with the hot hand in this low-scoring affair, and Penny likely earned additional looks going forward. The Seahawks host Minnesota in Week 12.

November 24, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Avoids injury report

Penny (hamstring) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Coming off a third absence in a four-game stretch, Penny finally appears to be healthy and ready to get Seattle's backfield back to full strength. It remains to be seen how many touches he'll handle on a weekly basis, though, as Chris Carson has averaged 27.3 touches for 142.3 yards from scrimmage while scoring two touchdowns over the last three contests.

October 16, 2019 4:50 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Will be 'full-go' Wednesday

Coach Pete Carroll expects Penny (hamstring) to practice in full Wednesday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Penny was listed as a full participant on the last two injury reports last week, but he still got a questionable tag and eventually was ruled out Sunday at Cleveland. This followed his return from a two-game absence as he tends to a hamstring injury. Even if he returns this weekend, Penny will play a distant second fiddle to Chris Carson, who has managed three straight 100-yards outings on the ground.

October 14, 2019 3:47 PM EST

Rashaad Penny: Lands on inactive list

Penny (hamstring) is listed as inactive Week 6 against Cleveland.

Analysis: Penny was able to suit up and contribute last week against the Rams, but it appears he tweaked his hamstring again, as he was added back to the injury report this week. Even though he logged back-to-back full practice sessions, Penny will end up missing his third game of the season. In his absence, look for Chris Carson to lead the backfield, with CJ Prosise on hand in a backup capcity.

October 13, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Rashaad Penny: Logs full practice

Penny (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Cleveland, despite being a full practice participant Friday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny was added to the injury report Thursday as a full participant, perhaps hinting at a minor tweak of the hamstring injury that held him out in Weeks 3 and 4. Regardless, he appears on track to play in Sunday's game against Cleveland, with the kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET. A late setback would leave C.J. Prosise as the No. 2 back behind Chris Carson.

October 11, 2019 2:29 PM EST

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