As expected, Rashaad Penny has officially been placed on the active/PUP list on Monday as he continues to work his way back to the field.
The Seattle Seahawks third-year running back, who suffered a torn ACL and additional damage to his left knee in the Dec. 8 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, has been sharing workout videos of his progress, leading many to believe he’s made a turn for the better.
We didn’t think that we needed to rush him in because he’s still rehabbing, coming back, he’ll come in Thursday for Friday, and he’ll start his process of reconnecting with us on Friday. We just thought that’d be better.
He missed a week in transition that we didn’t want to – because he would have had to sit around the days right here, right now. We’d like to go ahead, and hopefully we made a good decision there, we’re anxious to get him back. He’s been working out very hard, the reports are really strong that he’s doing well, but we have not had him in our building for a while now, so this will be our first chance. -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll
As Carroll mentioned, Penny will return to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) this week for his COVID-19 tests. Assuming he passes all three, team doctors will then be able to evaluate his rebuilt knee.
Prior to his injury, Penny rushed for 370 yards on 65 carries and had eight receptions for 83 yards in 2019. If he does in fact begin the season on PUP, Penny would have to sit out the first six games of the year.
While Seattle awaits Penny’s return, they’ve added fourth-rounder DeeJay Dallas and free agent Carlos Hyde in the backfield.