Rashaad Penny

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #20
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #20
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Rashaad Penny News

No practice Friday

Penny (hamstring) didn't practice Friday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: A second straight missed practice confirms he's in danger of missing Monday's game at Washington. Penny reentered Seattle's RB rotation last week but was forced out early with a hamstring injury in the eventual 23-13 loss to Arizona.

Nov 26, 2021 4:20 PM EST


Injury downplayed

Head coach Pete Carroll downplayed Penny's hamstring injury Monday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "[Penny] has a slight hamstring we've got to deal with...It's not a bad injury, but there's something there."

Analysis: Carroll is notoriously optimistic about injuries, so don't read into this too much. We have reason to be concerned about Penny, as he has played just seven games since tearing his ACL in December of 2019. The 2018 first-round pick will likely carry at least a questionable tag into Monday's game versus the Football Team. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too concerned either way because Penny has just 17 carries for 43 yards (2.5 YPC) through four appearances this year.

Nov 23, 2021 9:24 AM EST



Hurts hamstring in Week 11 loss

Penny suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Cardinals, per coach Pete Carroll, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny rushed twice for 19 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game prior to getting hurt. The 2018 first-round pick has an opportunity to carve out a larger role with Chris Carson (neck) out for the season, but injury after injury have kept Penny from cutting into Alex Collins' newly found lead role in Seattle's backfield.

Nov 21, 2021 5:05 PM EST


Could get bigger role Week 11

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Penny should be in store for a larger role Sunday's game against the Cardinals after the running back didn't see the field in last week's 17-0 loss to the Packers, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "I'm really looking forward to Rashaad, really looking forward to seeing where he goes and contributes this week," Carroll said. "He's got a really good role for us and we're anxious to see him get going. It's really his time to help us. As we go through the next couple of weeks, you'll see him continue to be a big part of it."

Analysis: Penny was phased out of the game plan Week 10 after he mustered only 16 yards on 13 carries in his first two contests upon returning from a five-week absence due to a calf injury. Fortunately for Penny, No. 1 back Alex Collins (3.3 yards per carry) hasn't performed much better on a larger sample of totes over the past three games, so there could be an opportunity for the 2018 first-round pick to ascend on the depth chart if he's able to capitalize on more of his opportunities beginning in Week 11. At the very least, both Penny and Collins should have a longer runway to compete for reps after Carroll announced Friday that the team's top back to open the campaign, Chris Carson, is headed for season-ending neck surgery.

Nov 19, 2021 5:10 PM EST


Suits up but doesn't play

Penny didn't record a snap in Sunday's 17-0 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Penny recorded 16 yards on 13 carries over the previous two games, and the Seahawks don't have any more leeway to experiment with the 2018 first-round pick if they want to make a real playoff push. Alex Collins and Travis Homer handled all the backfield reps instead. Penny could be in healthy scratch territory if Chris Carson (neck) returns.

Nov 15, 2021 9:03 AM EST



Seven carries for seven yards

Penny rushed seven times for seven yards in Sunday's 31-7 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Penny finished second on the team in carries behind Alex Collins (10), but he was brutally inefficient for the second straight week. In Week 7, he gained nine yards on six carries. Perhaps he's still getting back into the groove after a long injury layoff, but it's equally as likely that he's not the player the Seahawks thought they drafted in the first round back in 2018. He'll likely be a change-of-pace back again in Week 10 against the Packers.

Nov 1, 2021 7:29 AM EST


Dismal production Monday

Penny (calf) rushed six times for nine yards in Monday's 13-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Penny handled 20 offensive snaps (36 percent) but couldn't get anything going on the ground. Penny's performance alone doesn't warrant more playing time moving forward, but Alex Collins -- who rushed 16 times for 35 yards -- failed to distinguish himself as well. Collins will likely start as the lead back in Week 8 against the Jaguars, though Penny could have a chance to take over the job if he gets the hot hand.

Oct 26, 2021 8:29 PM EST


Activated for Monday night game

The Seahawks activated Penny (calf) from injured reserve ahead of Monday's game against the Saints, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The return of Penny provides some much-needed aid to a banged-up Seattle backfield, as top option Chris Carson (neck) remains on injured reserve, while Carson's primary replacement, Alex Collins (groin), is listed as questionable for the Week 7 contest. Collins is expected to avoid the inactive list Monday, but if head coach Pete Carroll has any reservations of handing Collins a full workload, Penny would likely represent the next man up for carries, with reserves DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer tasked mainly with pass-catching work. Penny has a checkered medical history, but he's proven to be a dynamic runner when healthy during his four-year career, averaging an excellent 5.1 yards per carry on 163 attempts.

Oct 25, 2021 1:53 PM EST


Ready for Monday

Penny (calf) said Friday that he shouldn't have any limitations Monday night against the Saints, Adam Jude of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny has been out since Week 1 and returns to a backfield with no Chris Carson (IR/neck). Fellow veteran Alex Collins has filled in effectively, but he's now missing practice with a groin injury, potentially leaving just Penny, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer as the options for Monday. It's possible Penny would be the lead runner in that scenario, though injuries have limited him to four games over the past two seasons. Dallas could also be the choice, while Homer has mostly been used for pass blocking and third downs.

Oct 22, 2021 12:45 PM EST


Returns to practice

Penny (calf) took part in Thursday's practice, signaling that the Seahawks have designated him for a return from injured reserve, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was back on the field for the first time since Sept. 12, when he injured his calf in the Seahawks' season-opening win over the Colts. According to Ty Dane Gonzalez of SI.com, Penny was a full participant in the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, which seemingly bodes well for the running back making good on head coach Pete Carroll's prediction that he'll be available to play Monday against the Saints. Meanwhile, Chris Carson (neck) is stuck on IR through Week 9, and the next man up out of the backfield, Alex Collins (groin) didn't practice Thursday and is uncertain to suit up this week. As such, Penny could find himself with a decent-sized workload Week 7, assuming the Seahawks are comfortable reinstating him from IR prior to Saturday's deadline for roster moves

Oct 22, 2021 9:36 AM EST


Looks to be nearing return

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny will be "back to full speed" this week, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny has yet to be officially designated to return from IR, but based on Carroll's comments it looks like such a transaction is forthcoming. With Chris Carson (neck) on IR and Alex Collins (undisclosed) also dealing with injury, it's possible that Penny could handle immediate opportunities versus the Saints on Monday, if he's cleared to retake the field in time.

Oct 18, 2021 9:51 AM EST


May practice next week

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Penny (calf) is expected to return to practice next week when he's first eligible to be designated to return from injured reserve, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: While Penny has been dealing with a strained calf since the season opener, the Seahawks didn't place him on IR until just before Week 4. Thus, his time away from practice started ticking at that point, and Sunday's game in Pittsburgh will mark his third that he'll be on the reserve list. Elsewhere in the backfield, starter Chris Carson (neck) himself may be going to injured reserve soon, meaning Penny could get back in the mix as soon as Week 7 against the Saints if he proves his health, beginning next Thursday. In the meantime, Alex Collins will handle early downs for Seattle, with DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer around for any RB work that lingers.

Oct 15, 2021 3:02 PM EST


Could return Week 6

Coach Pete Carroll suggested Friday that Penny (calf) could return for Week 6 against Pittsburgh, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny's potential return takes on added importance with Chris Carson bothered by a neck injury, though at this point the 2018 first-round pick may be stuck behind Alex Collins as well. Still, the Seahawks hope to get Penny back from IR in Week 6, as he'd at least be another option for their banged-up offense. Penny last played in Week 1.

Oct 8, 2021 10:25 AM EST


Shifts to injured reserve

Penny (calf) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's probably not good news that Penny was placed on injured reserve after multiple weeks missed due to a calf injury. The 2018 first-round pick reportedly had a great training camp and was pushing for a crucial backup role behind Chris Carson, but that'll be put on hold for now. Penny has played in just 14 of the last 35 games due to a variety of injuries.

Oct 2, 2021 12:42 PM EST


Still sidelined Sunday

Penny (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Seattle, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny has been hindered by a left calf injury all season, containing him to one appearance Week 1. Since then, he's been sidelined and will miss a third consecutive contest this weekend. Chris Carson is Seattle's unquestioned lead back, and with Penny out Travis Homer and Alex Collins again will handle any RB reps that linger.

Oct 1, 2021 1:50 PM EST


Not practicing yet

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

Analysis: As expected, the Seahawks continue to exercise caution with Penny, the oft-injured back who has made just four appearances the past two seasons. On a positive note, coach Pete Carroll told Boyle on Wednesday that Penny's left calf is closing in on 100 percent health. Still, there's an expectation Penny misses a third game in a row Sunday in San Francisco, which would allow Travis Homer and Alex Collins to handle the RB snaps that Chris Carson yields to the reserves.

Sep 30, 2021 4:25 PM EST


Trending toward another absence

Penny (calf) is unlikely to be available for Sunday's game at San Francisco, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "I don't expect him to be back this week," coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "I don't think he'll make it."

Analysis: Carroll added that Penny's left calf is close to 100 percent, and he could suit up in his current state, but the team is exercising caution with the running back, likely due to his crowded medical chart. On Wednesday, Penny didn't practice, but he'll have a few more chances to do so before the weekend. If Penny sits out a third game in a row Sunday, Travis Homer and Alex Collins will split the RB reps that don't go to starter Chris Carson.

Sep 29, 2021 4:25 PM EST


Hope for Week 4 return

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that the Seahawks are hopeful Penny (calf), who is missing his second game in a row Sunday at Minnesota, is able to return next week, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Seattle next holds an official practice Wednesday, at which point Penny's activity level, or lack thereof, may be telling of his potential to play. In the meantime, though, the Seahawks will lean on Alex Collins, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas to handle the RB reps that don't go to starter Chris Carson.

Sep 24, 2021 2:11 PM EST


Out again

Penny (calf) will not play Sunday against the Vikings, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: With Penny ruled out for a second straight game, the Seahawks have Alex Collins, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas behind lead back Chris Carson. Prior to aggravating his calf injury in the season opener, Penny appeared to have the second spot on the depth chart.

Sep 24, 2021 1:06 PM EST


Still not practicing

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

Analysis: Since coach Pete Carroll told Brady Henderson of ESPN.com on Wednesday that Penny was unlikely to play Sunday in Minnesota, the running back hasn't logged any activity on the practice field this week. Penny has another chance to get in some reps Friday, but if he doesn't he may be destined for a second DNP in a row since straining his calf Week 1.

Sep 23, 2021 4:30 PM EST


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