Rashaad Penny staying on the shelf is problematic because backup running back Carlos Hyde is dealing with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last two games. Chris Carson is more than capable of carrying the load offensively with Travis Homer spelling him and assuming the third-down duties, but Hyde is a better runner than Homer, and if something were to happen to Carson, the veteran Hyde is more equipped to be a No. 1 guy. Homer has 15 carries for 58 yards and is yet to run for a first down this season.
We had a report a bit back that said the Seahawks were in no hurry to activate Penny, and would rather wait it out and wait for an injuiry. But this story feels it’s surprising Penny isn’t able to practice yet. It’s been 316 days since his season-ending knee injury and the progress updates from HC Pete Carroll have been fairly positive, the story said. Carroll was quoted as saying it's not clear yet when Penny will be back, adding, “We’ve waited this long, we’re going to make sure these guys come back and there’s no question about their return.” This falls in line with the report we had a week or so ago.