Carson will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury and how much time he could miss, Schefter said. If Carson can't go, Hyde would get the start and likely a big workload in a tough matchup against the 49ers. Depending if Carson misses time and how much, guys like Homer and Dallas could also see work. Those who follow the team also seem to indicate they are saving Penny for an injury situation so it's possible if it's long term Penny could enter the picture. But for right now, Hyde is the guy to own.
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.
So, at the moment I don’t think Seattle has any specific thought on how it will make room for Rashaad Penny, instead thinking a spot may be created along the way. For now, they’ll just focus on getting him ready for when that may happen.
Penny can return to practice anytime after six weeks, meaning the week of the Arizona game Oct. 25. But they don’t have to return to practice that week. In fact, the window to return is open from Week 6 to Week 11. The writer thinks the team is going to take its time with Penny and not rush him back thanks to a crowded backfield. At least for this year, it sounds like the team will wait and see as long as they can before making a decision on Penny, saving him in case a back on the current roster goes down.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said RB Rashaad Penny is ahead of schedule in his return from ACL surgery, according to Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR. Carroll is optimistic Penny will return from the PUP list when eligible.
Penny would add another twist to the crowded Seahawks backfield, but he is a better pass-catcher and would have a role that is not dependent on carries.