The Seattle Seahawks had hoped to clinch a berth Sunday with a victory over the Los Angeles Rams. That didn’t happen. They lost big against the Rams 28-12.
Even worse, running back Rashaad Penny suffered what is described as a “significant” knee injury in the first quarter. Granted Penny isn’t the team’s go-to running back. That would be starter Chris Carson. But make no mistake. The injury is a setback for the Seahawks, if Penny is gone for any significant amount of time.
Last year’s number one pick from San Diego State has become a big part of the team’s offense. He had already rushed for a season high of 129 yards and has picked up steam when it comes to receiving yards.
So what happened? The play looked innocent enough. Penny took a pass at the 11:47 mark of the first quarter, ran down field for about 15 yards. He had good blocking and then was tripped up. He then gained about another four of five yards as he went down. But something happened when he hit the ground. He immediately began to clutch his knee. He was in pain.
“He’s got an ACL sprain, and we don’t know how serious it is, but it’s significant,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in the post-game scrum with reporters.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson talked to Penny after the game. Wilson said the running back was positive about the whole thing, noting that he was upbeat about his recovery. But Wilson didn’t hide his concern.
“Obviously it’s disappointing losing Penny, I feel for him,” he said.
“He’s such a great competitor, he’s been tremendous the past couple of weeks. That’s just unfortunate. It’s part of the game, unfortunately.”
What’s most worrying is that there is not a timetable for Penny’s recovery yet. All that the media and fans are being told is that it’s still up in the air. He could be gone for the rest of the season. And what about the playoffs? That’s anybody’s guess.
Penny didn’t give any hints about what doctors told him in a tweet after the game.
“God makes no mistakes,” he wrote.
Love you 12s. Thank you for the support.”
There you have it. There’s not much there for Seahawks fans in that cryptic tweet.
Fans responded with good wishes, telling Penny, they hope he has a fast recovery and sending their love.
But at least one tweet wasn’t as optimistic with a response to some fans who were clearly concerned about Penny’s timeline for recovery.
“This sounds like a goodbye for the year,” wrote @BeardedBrodie.
The Seahawks loss also had a few other scares for the team. Two of its linebackers were also injured, albeit briefly. K.J. Wright and Cody Barton had to leave the game. But they returned.
Seattle’s defensive end Ziggy Ansah also didn’t play because of a previous injury. He had practiced with the team and it looked like he would hit the field.
“He was close enough because he practiced all week … But he just wasn’t capable of mustering the strength he needed to pass the test at the end of the week,” Carroll said.
“We didn’t know from one day to the next if he would, but he just couldn’t make it. So it wasn’t safe for him to play.”
All of this doesn’t bode well for the Seahawks as they try to finish off what has been a strong season heading into the final games before the playoffs kickoff.