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Pennington will take off 2011 season

Posted on: June 18, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: June 18, 2011 5:23 pm
C. Pennington said he will take off the 2011 season (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s official. Dolphins QB Chad Pennington, coming off a season-ending shoulder surgery and an ACL tear, will sit out 2011 and then reevaluate his health to see if he wants to return to the game at all.

That’s what he told the Charleston (W.V.) Daily Mail, saying that he is going to spend this season working for Fox Sports as an NFL analyst and trying to get healthy for yet another possible comeback.

Pennington was the Dolphins starter in 2009, but injured his shoulder in the third game of the season and missed the rest of the year. Then, on the first play of the first game of 2010, he suffered another shoulder injury that ended his season.

Then, in March, he tore his ACL while playing pickup basketball.

"(Playing basketball) was just a dumb decision," Pennington told the paper. "I was in town in March, doing some (1st and 10) foundation work and decided to play in a pickup basketball game and tore my ACL. I haven't played (football), I wasn't training real hard at the time because I was doing some shoulder rehab, and my legs weren't ready to play basketball, so it was just dumb.”

He had knee surgery April 7, and since then, he hasn’t had any major setbacks. But Pennington will turn 35 later this month, and even though the Dolphins QB situation is still very much unclear – is Chad Henne going to be the guy or not? – you have to wonder if Pennington ever will feel completely healthy enough to return to the game.

Yet no matter how you feel about Pennington or his ability going forward, you really shouldn’t count out this guy. He is, after all, a two-time Comeback Player of the Year award winner.

“It seems,” Pennington said, “like I majored in that.”

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Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:07 pm

Pennington will take off 2011 season

yeah i would like to see you walk off an ACL tear hahahaha

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 7:58 pm

Pennington will take off 2011 season

I really do think that it's time for Chad P. to hang up the spikes and call it a career. It just seems like he can't play an entire season without doing damage to his shoulder(s) and missing the season on account of it. Maybe taking a season off will do wonders for him,but if I were him I would concentrate on being an analyst or even going back to Marshall U. as a QB coach or something.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:47 pm

Pennington will take off 2011 season

Pennington is a good guy, was a decent QB, and will probably be a good coach some day.  But the guy needs to retire.  It's not about whether or not he has skills left.  But if he keeps playing pro football, his arm is literally going to fall off and go flying down the field with the ball one of these games.  If his arm injuries were concussions, he'd have been retired years ago.  He needs to get out before he loses use of the appendage forever.

Since: Jan 15, 2011
Posted on: June 18, 2011 10:20 pm

Pennington will take off 2011 season

u never see basketball players playin pick up football.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 9:32 pm

Pennington will take off 2011 season

Why do football, baseball and hockey players risk ijuring themselves playing pick up basketball games? Nothing good ever comes out of it. The Dolphins should cut Pennington because he broke rules of his contract. He made it sound like he was taking the year off from football...a vacation if you will. He then goes on to say that he will prepare himself by working as a tv analyst. Wow! Really? Wouldn't he be better served by sitting in on team meetings/QB meetings/ offensive meetings? He could also mentor other players on the team. But he doesn't care. He still gets paid no matter what....which is what's wrong with athletes today. They think they are entitled to all the millions they are getting paid to do something that they have always said they would do for free because they love it so much. Well, it's time to put you money (or lack therof) where it counts.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2011 7:02 pm

Pennington will take off 2011 season

Game, gritty*, but undertalented and overrated.  Doesn't seem able to understand the messages his body is sending him.  Chad, retire already, since you played for a NY team you should have a future in the game but off the field.

*"Gritty"--Like "scrappy" in baseball, a term reserved by sportswriters for undertalented, often undersized, invariably very white players who give it their all but whose all isn't that much, who can get three or four years' worth of contracts based on a hot month or two.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:32 pm

Pennington will take off 2011 season

South Florida isn't fun? Where do you live? Land of denial? We have beautiful beaches with beautiful girls, warm ocean, great nightlife and restaurants, the best winter weather in the country and no quarteback to speak of.

I see you like the Red Sox so you're probably in New England somewhere, fighting frostbite in the winter, shoveling snow, wearing 3 layers of clothing, de-iceying you car... Wow, I should leave South Florida for New England. The only thing you have is a bevy of good sports teams. I'd rather suffer as a Dolphin's fan than wear than be anywhere in the Northeast.

As far as Chad Pennington goes, hes a class act that helped the Dolphins to the playoffs in 2009. Although he's been injury prone throughout his career, he has one of the highest career completion rates among quarterbacks and he was a winner. I wish him the best.

And I wish the Fins will trade for Kevin Kolb.

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