Penny rushed 10 times for 30 yard and didn't make a catch on two targets during Monday's 24-17 loss to the Bears.
The Seahawks found themselves in an early deficit and neglected the run at times, instead allowing Russell Wilson to take full control. Still, it was surprising to see Penny lead the team in carries after coach Pete Carroll said Chris Carson, who had six rushes Monday, was the clear No. 1 running back. Until the offensive line shows significant improvement, neither running back is a reliable fantasy option outside of deeper leagues.
Penny rushed seven times for eight yards and caught four passes for 35 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Broncos.
Penny rushed for five yards in his first career carry, but he gained just three yards on his next six tries. He was effective hauling in four of five passes, but he was clearly outplayed by Chris Carson, who rushed seven times for 51 yards. Penny won't be handed any favors in Week 2 against a tough Bears' defense.
Penny entered training camp somewhat behind the eight ball in the midst of Chris Carson handling most of the first-team reps. During an Aug. 13 practice, Penny suffered a broken pointer finger on his left hand, putting him further behind in the competition. While his recovery was pegged at 3-4 weeks, he was always on track to be available for Week 1, which was confirmed with his activity level on the first injury report of the campaign. Still, Penny is slated to begin his rookie season No. 2 to Carson, the starting running back.
Penny will have the cast removed from his broken finger Wednesday, keeping him on track for the season opener Sept. 9 in Denver, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Given that his injury allows for normal running and conditioning, Penny probably doesn't need to get much work in full-team practice sessions before he's cleared for a game. Carroll has even said the rookie could play in Thursday's preseason contest against Oakland, and while the idea seems rather far-fetched, it can at least be taken as a sign that Penny is making good progress. This situation will still require close monitoring in the coming days, as Penny is only two weeks removed from a surgical procedure that carried an initial recovery estimate of 3-to-4 weeks. Either way, Chris Carson figures to get the Week 1 start and will be the safer bet to lead the team in carries.
Coach Pete Carroll relayed that surgery to repair Penny's broken finger went "beautifully," Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
Moreover, the running back's pointer finger on his left hand won't need to be placed in a cast, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. With that in mind, the Seahawks believe that Penny can be ready for the start of the regular season. In the meantime, Chris Carson profiles as Seattle's top back, but given the draft capital invested in Penny -- he was the 27th overall pick this past April -- we suspect the rookie will have an opportunity to immediately contribute upon his return, and if he ends up becoming the "hot hand" in the team's backfield, it's not hard to imagine him overtaking Carson.
|4||9/30/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ OAK||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/28/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|