Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny return to action is close, could play on Sunday


The story of the Seahawks running game this season hasn’t been what it once was in years past.

A large reason for that is because the duo of Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde dealt with injuries earlier in the season.

In Week 7, the Seahawks had to lean on rookie Deejay Dallas and Travis Homer to carry the workload in the backfield and relying on a rookie and a second-year player wasn’t going to help the offense in any way shape, or form.

Now, the Seahawks problem has changed in the backfield. But in a good way, actually. 

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The offense now needs to figure how to divide the snaps and carries in a much more crowded backfield than ever before.

Carson and Hyde are a full go and healthy, and now they could be finally joined by Rashaad Penny for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Penny made his return to practice last week after recovering from a knee injury he suffered last December. 

For Penny, now it is only a matter of when he will be put back on the roster.

“He looks terrific,” Brian Schottenheimer said on Thursday's presser. “He looks fast, he’s looking explosive. I think he just looks as glad as you could expect him to. I think he’s getting really close ready to go.”

After practice, quarterback Russell Wilson is happy to see Penny back in action and is excited to have him back there to help with the offense again.


I'm super excited for Penny, just how hard he’s worked his tail off just to get back from the injury that he had and how confident he’s looking out there.

Russell Wilson Rashaad Penny

The Seahawks do have the option to bring back Penny for the showdown for the NFC West against the Rams.

But having Penny get a game in before then could help him out in getting back to real game time speed.

That option honestly makes the most sense.

The Seahawks are almost at full go with the defense coming back stronger than ever in the last few weeks, and the offense getting healthier on the line. With Penny making his way back, the Seahawks are looking towards the playoffs and what they can once that gets going.