Rashaad Penny to miss couple weeks after surgery to repair broken finger

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RENTON -- Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny had surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday to repair a broken finger and damage to his hand sustained in practice on Monday.

The injury was first reported by Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times on Tuesday night.

Head coach Pete Carroll said after practice on Wednesday that the surgery went well and Penny is only expected to miss a short amount of time.

"He had surgery that worked out beautifully. It's a couple weeks. He can already move it and it's not going to be in a cast or any of that kind of stuff, so he's in pretty good shape," Carroll said. "We got a great report on it. He's not going to be out very long at all."

Carroll said there's a possibility it is just a two-week recovery and said it's possible Penny is ready for the start of the regular season despite the injury. Even if he isn't able to get back on the field before the week of the opener against the Denver Broncos, Carroll said Penny has shown them plenty already.

"I don't have any doubt about what he's capable of doing. I really don't," Carroll said. "We just got to make sure he's in great shape and let him play ball.

“He has shown us all the instincts, his want-to is great, his learning ability is excellent. He has applied himself in his pass-protection stuff, which he knew was something he had to work out, he has really applied himself -- he’ll get better at that in time, he’s not as good as he will be -- but carrying the football instinctively, how to catch it and run with it, he has done all that stuff. We’ve seen plenty.”

Seattle selected Penny with the 27th overall pick after trading down in  the first round. He was the second running back selected in this year’s draft behind only Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants. He carried eight times for 16 yards in his preseason debut Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts. He also caught two passes for seven yards. 

He has been the second back up in the team's rotation behind Chris Carson, who had gained the starting job last year after being a seventh-round selection out of Oklahoma State.

"It was tough," Carson said of Penny's injury. "You could tell by the look on his face that he was hurt about it. But he's a tough kid. He'll bounce back.

"He's just so fluid, so smooth," he added. "His game is just so unique and it's not even polished yet. He's still young. He has such a high ceiling on him that a lot of people don't even understand how good he can be. It's great to see him at that stage already and he's pushing everybody else, all the other running backs."

While C.J. Prosise returned to limited duty in practice on Wednesday, Mike Davis sat out due to a sore big toe that surfaced earlier in the day. With Penny also sidelined, it left just Carson, J.D. McKissic an Gerald Holmes to take the carries in practice.

Seattle focused their offseason efforts on fixing a rushing attack that saw just one rushing touchdown from a running back all last season. It was a group that also had to use 11 different ball carriers in 2016 due to a number of injuries at the position.

Notes:

-- Wide receiver Tyler Lockett had a scare during the latter stages of practice when he stayed down on the turf after getting tangled with cornerback Elijah Battle.

Lockett was tended to by the training staff before getting to his feet and slowly walking back to the offensive huddle, where he received a closer look from the trainers. However, it wasn't a bit issue as Battle merely stepped on his calf during the contact. He returned to practice soon after.

“He got kicked in the back of the calf," Carroll said. "He just got kicked in the calf and he just wasn’t sure what happened.”

-- Wide receiver Doug Baldwin told Carroll that he wants to play in the team's final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Carroll seemed less than enthused about the idea in speaking with KJR's Ian Furness. The team has held Baldwin out of practices since day three of camp due to a sore knee but fully intends for him to be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

-- Defensive end Dion Jordan remains on the physically unable to perform list due to a "stress issue" in his leg. Carroll said he's making progress but it will still be a little while before they know his status.

“He’s making progress, but it’s still a while," he said. "It’s still probably three weeks before we really make an assessment. It’s probably that last week of preseason where we try to see if we can push for that and see how that goes. That’s what we’d like to get done if we could.”

-- Running back C.J. Prosise said he will play this week against the Los Angeles Chargers after a hip flexor kept him out of the preseason opener against Indianapolis.

"I'm feeling great and I'll be ready to be out there Saturday," he said.

-- Wide receiver Amara Darboh and cornerback Byron Maxwell will also have a chance to play this week after missing the opener due to hip flexor issues.

-- The Seahawks have reached a deal with linebacker Erik Walden. The 10-year veteran has played for the Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. The team will need to make a roster move on Thursday to make room for Walden's addition.


Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 09: Running back Rashaad Penny #20 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field on August 9, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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