In devastating news for the Seattle Seahawks and their fans, sophomore running back Rashad Penny will miss the rest of the year after suffering an injury to the ACL in his left knee in the team’s Sunday night loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Coach Pete Carroll confirmed the news on Monday afternoon.
“We haven’t heard back from the MRI stuff,” Carroll said, “but the docs could tell he had a pretty, like I said, a significant knee injury.”
Penny was left writhing in pain on the ground during the Seahawks’ opening drive after he gained 16 yards on a screen pass and appeared to jar his knee significantly at the end of the run.
Penny, a 2018 first-round pick, had really started to come in to his own in recent weeks after spending most of his opening two seasons playing behind Chris Carson. Penny played 65 offensive snaps in the last two games, with Carson playing only five more.
In those last two weeks Penny chalked up 236 yards and three touchdowns on 33 touches. Carson will now return as Seattle’s unquestioned No.1 RB, with C.J. Prosise to take over the position as No.2.
Prosise was limited to 16 games over his first three seasons due to a string of injuries and has only played in seven games this year as a frequent healthy scratch.