We are just weeks away from rookies and veterans reporting to Seahawks training camp and Rashaad Penny is showing some encouraging signs that he’s made a massive recovery.
The third-year running back posted a rehab video to his Instagram this week showcasing his progress. As Ben Arthur of Seattle PI noted, his ladder work, cuts and balance exercises are on full display.
Take a look:
Plenty of encouraging signs from #Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny, his ACL rehab in this video he posted on Instagram today as training camp approaches. Sharp ladder work, balance exercises and some cuts too.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) July 12, 2020
(Video via pennyhndrxx/IG): pic.twitter.com/bocDRU0ZvT
My goodness! Penny looks quicker than ever.
Penny landed on IR in December after suffering a torn ACL, as well as additional damage to the knee in a game at Los Angeles. His backfield mate, Chris Carson, took on an increased role as a result of Penny’s injury, but sustained a season-ending hip injury of his own in Week 16 that ushered Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin’s return.
While Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he believes Penny will begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, his progress leaves fans wondering if he’s further along in his recovery than expected.
It would be an extraordinary accomplishment if he was ready by the time we got to camp and all that. So, we will see what happens. We’re not going to set any deadline on it, just see how he develops.
But this is the kind of timing that might take in the PUP thing.
— Rashaad Penny (@pennyhendrixx) April 29, 2020
The Seahawks have since added veteran Carlos Hyde as an insurance policy should Seattle choose to caution itself in bringing Penny back. Carson is expected to be ready to resume the team’s lead back duties in Week 1.
Seattle added more depth to its backfield in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft when adding Miami running back DeeJay Dallas. Dallas, along with second-year running back Travis Homer, will have an opportunity to compete for the Seahawks backup gig if Penny's injury sideline him past Week 1.
Whether Penny is ready by the start of the season or not remains uncertain, but if he comes back even stronger than his first two seasons, the Seahawks can expect a promising return from Penny in Year 3.
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