Seattle Seahawks expect both HB Rashard Penny and CB Quinton Dunbar to return to practice.
Coming off of a bad loss to the New York Giants in Week 13, Seattle Seahawks fans should be excited for two reasons. First, they play the winless Jets this weekend and second, both Rashaad Penny and Quinton Dunbar are expected to return to practice this week.
Rashard Penny has been battling back ever since tearing his ACL last year in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. It was quite the blow for the Seahawks as he was really starting to become a key element for this offense.
In Week 12 last year at Philadelphia, Penny had his breakout game. He rushed 14 times for 129 and scored 1 touchdown. In the following week against the Minnesota Vikings, Penny put up another monster game. Rushing 15 times for 74 yards and 1 touchdown while also catching 4 balls for 33 yards and 1 touchdown.
12s were beginning to feel the excitement as the duo of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny were becoming lethal. Now, that excitement is back in the air as Penny is expected to practice this week. Coach Pete Carroll touched upon the subject matter.
“We’re really excited to get him back on the field with us. It’s just been a long haul. It’s very meaningful for him to get back out there. You really want to see him bang his breaks and really get down and hit it and give good tempo in practice.”
Another key player for this Seahawks team expected to return is CB Quinton Dunbar who was placed on injured reserve back in Week 11, nursing a knee injury. This Seattle secondary hasn’t seen much playing time together as it has been sort of a musical chairs of injuries, so to say. First it was Jamal Adams, then Shaquill Griffin, followed by Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers.
Coach Carroll also discussed the return of Dunbar.
“I expect him to practice this week, we’ll see how he does. I’m excited that he’s coming back out. He has a really good process to get back. He’s been able to condition more so than he had before and work on it, and I’m hoping his knee has really quieted down.”
The last time we saw Quinton Dunbar was against the Bills in which the Seahawks defense allowed 44 points. Dunbar look hobbled as he was struggling in coverage all game long. He will look to get that bad taste out of fans mouths when he makes his return to the field of play.
The return of both Penny and Dunbar signifies this team is nearing full strength at the right time. With the playoffs around the corner and Josh Gordon expected to return in Week 16, we truly haven’t seen what we expected out of the 2020 Seahawks. That is very exciting as a fan of team who has a good shot of getting the number 1 seed in the NFC.
As of right now, neither Penny nor Dunbar is on the active 53-man roster. In order for that to happen, the Seahawks will need to either release or demote two players to the practice squad. We will keep a close eye on it as the week progresses.