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RENTON, wash. – The Seattle Seahawks fear running back Rashaad Penny will miss this weekend’s game against the Tennessee Titans and possibly longer due to a calf injury, coach Pete Carroll said on Monday.
Penny, Seahawks’ no. 2, who runs back behind Chris Carson, left Sunday’s season-opening win over the Indianapolis Colts after seven snaps and two carries in 8 yards. Carroll said after the 28-16 victory that the team played it safe by pulling Penny as the calf tightened up, knowing it had three other tailbags available.
On Monday, Carroll called Penny’s injury a calf strain.
“It will take us a while to figure out what the return will be on it,” Carroll said. “He ran really well when he ran … so we’re going to miss him, it looks like this week.”
Carroll later mentioned the possibility that Penny could be out for a few weeks. He said the team is in “good shape” on the position with Carson, Alex Collins, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer. Collins was inactive Sunday, one of six healthy scratches for the Seahawks after coming into their opening without anyone being listed as out, doubtful or questionable on their last injury report.
Penny’s career has been marred by injuries since Seattle selected him 27th overall in the 2018 draft. He missed 21 games in the regular season during his first three seasons, including 13 last year after tearing an ACL in December 2019. He missed the offseason program after a clean-up procedure on his knee, and then started strong in training camp only to miss more time with a thigh injury.
The Seahawks rejected Penny’s fifth-year option in May, making 2021 a contract season.
Also on Monday, Carroll said the Seahawks will know more Wednesday about the status of wide receivers Dee Eskridge and Penny Hart, who both left the opener with head injuries and are now in the concussion protocol. Carroll said he had not seen the test results at backup center Ethan Pocics’ sprained knee. Pocic rotated in with starter Kyle Fuller in 14 snaps before being injured in the fourth quarter.