Penny allegedly was offered more money elsewhere. Penny played well when healthy in 2021, and if that health continues, he could be in the RB1 discussion as Chris Carson deals with a lingering neck issue.
“I think [Rashaad Penny] deserves a shot to show that, to start it out,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “We’ll still rotate to keep you guys fresh, but yeah, we’re gonna give him a shot again to come right on back and see if we can keep going.”
Finally healthy, Penny got the start against the Texans last Sunday and he made the most of it by running 16 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Carson is dealing with neck issues, with lots of questions surrounding his future, so the Seahawks could be looking for their future RB1.
The tweet went on to quote Carroll: "That’s a surgery that can get him back somewhere late in the spring. That’s what I’ve heard. So we’ll see what happens with that." We reported earlier today the team was prepared to use a committee in Week 11 instead of a bigger workload for Collins, but Penny injured his hamstring on his first run and the team split reps with Collins and Dallas for the most part. It looks like the Seattle backfield is going to come with risks for the rest of the season in terms of workload. Penny's hamstring injury is said to be minor.
Seattle has deployed a committee of backs behind Alex Collins since Chris Carson went down in Week 4. Last week against the Packers was the first week this season that less than three RBs saw snaps for the Seahawks. Travis Homer saw 31 snaps to Collins 30 snaps while Penny saw zero snaps for the first time in two weeks.
Facing a tough Arizona defense and allotting snaps to three to four players at the position makes it difficult to predict who might have success for this Seahawks' backfield.