Since early in the offseason the Seattle Seahawks have publicly stated that it would be extremely unlikely that 2018 first round pick Rashaad Penny would not start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. With most players having reported last Tuesday to begin their COVID-19 testing regimen prior to being allowed into the team facility over the weekend, it seemed just a matter of time before Penny would placed there as camp opens. However, earlier Monday it was reported that Penny had yet to arrive in Seattle and that he would be reporting to camp and being his COVID testing later this week.
Arriving on Thursday and beginning his COVID testing on Friday will make Penny able to enter the VMAC on Tuesday, assuming he passes all three COVID tests prior to then, at which point team doctors will be able to evaluate his surgically rebuilt knee. That said, even though Penny has yet to arrive in Seattle, the team has already taken the step of placing him on the PUP list.
On today's personnel wire ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 3, 2020
• Bengals placed OL Xavier Su'a-Filo on PUP.
• Browns placed S Karl Joseph on PUP.
• Seahawks placed RB Rashad Penny on PUP.
• Saints hosted LB Nigel Bradham.
So, while fans are certainly hopeful that Penny’s knee will be recovered sufficiently by late in the year that he can return to the active roster, at this point it’s still a matter of waiting and seeing how Penny’s rehab progresses in the coming weeks and months.
Before anyone jumps to the comments section to ask, moving Penny to the PUP list does not create an additional roster spot. Penny will continue to count toward the 80-man limit on the roster during training camp as long as he remains on the PUP list, though if he is moved to the regular season PUP list at roster cutdowns in September, he would not count towards the 53 man roster once that move is made.