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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