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Injury Update: Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has "significant" ACL injury

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On Sunday night the Seattle Seahawks were steamrolled by the resurgent Los Angeles Rams, who showed few signs of a Super Bowl hangover in racking up 455 yards of offense against the Hawks.

Seattle drove down the field on its first possession and kicked a field goal to go up 3-0, only to then watch the Rams reel off 21 straight points. If Quandre Diggs hadn't taken a Jared Goff interception back for a score in the third quarter, the Hawks may have been held to single digits. In any case, not only did the Seahawks lose on the scoreboard, they also lost 2018 first round pick, running back Rashaad Penny early in the game to a significant knee injury.

As soon as that news came down, my guess was that we'd seen the last of Penny in 2019.

As unpleasant as that may have been last night, those fears appear to have been confirmed this morning by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

Thus, it appears the Hawks are now one Chris Carson injury away from C.J. Prosise taking over as the starting running back, and it is the fourth injury of Penny's brief career that will force him to miss time. Those include a broken finger which sidelined him during his rookie training camp, a knee injury kept him out of a couple games in late 2018 and a hamstring injury that sidelined him earlier this season. At this point it would not be a surprise if the Hawks look to the free agent market to add depth at the position.

Wishing Penny all the best in his recovery and rehab, and hopefully he returns to the field in 2020 and picks up where he left off this season.