The Seattle Seahawks received a scare at the end of practice on Monday, as Rashaad Penny left the session early with an undisclosed injury. Brian Schottenheimer downplayed the severity of the running back’s issue following practice, saying he thought Penny was okay.
On Tuesday evening, The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta reported the cause of Penny’s early exit: A hand injury, which includes a broken finger.
Per Condotta, the timeline of Penny’s injury isn’t known yet, however it is expected that “He will miss a little bit of time.” Head coach Pete Carroll will reportedly meet with the media on Wednesday to provide further details on the injury.
Although Chris Carson has had a hold on the starting running back position throughout training camp, Penny’s injury is a huge blow, both in terms of his development and the depth the Seahawks expected to have at the position in 2018.
If Penny were to miss a considerable amount of time through August and into September, Mike Davis and the oft-injured C.J. Prosise would have a bigger opportunity to clinch a roster spot and see snaps early in the season. In the immediate future, Davis, J.D. McKissic and the recently signed Gerald Holmes should see larger workloads against the L.A. Chargers on Saturday.
Of course, the ripple effects all hinge on the severity of Penny’s injury, which we should learn on Wednesday.
Update: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport followed up on Condotta’s report Tuesday evening, providing further specifics on Penny’s injury. Per Rapoport, Penny has a broken bone in his finger which will require surgery, keeping him out 3-4 weeks.
Sources: #Seahawks first-round RB Rashaad Penny flew to Philly tonight and is having surgery to repair a finger injury that includes a broken bone first thing Wednesday morning. He’s out 3-4 weeks, which means he’s right up against the start of the season. Hope is he’ll be ready.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2018