Yesterday I got a text from a friend that simply said, “Pennington tears ACL“. That was it. No other information and since I was not home all day and driving at that, I couldn’t pull up the information on my iPad or phone. So I naturally figured that he tore his ACL working out with the other offensive players in an off-season unsanctioned practice while trying to allude a blade of grass.
It was a basketball game.
Now I’m not making light of his situation. As little has Chad Pennington has done on the field, sans his first year with Miami, his contributions off the field to the team have been unmeasurable. Pennington is simply an unselfish leader. After last seasons 4th shoulder injury that kicked him to IR, 2nd in as many years, it appeared that CP’s days as a player were over. Then he announced he wanted to give it one more season. That is all but over now, unofficially.
The torn ACL will require at least an 8 month recovery window and more than likely almost a year. He will most assuredly miss all of the 2011 season even if he was able to start rehabbing his knee today. It’s likely that he will call it quits.
But then again.
If Pennington misses this season as expected, it will give him one full season and two complete off-seasons to recover his knee and his shoulder. His knee is really the lesser of the two long-term evils. So it’s possible that his drive to play another season may benefit from being forced this early to stay away from the game. Somehow, it seems that of all the players in the NFL not named Brett Favre, Pennington is the one guy that might actually try and get back on the field one more time.