Seattle Seahawks first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny will undergo surgery Wednesday morning to repair a broken bone in his finger, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
It was later reported by Rapoport that Penny flew to Philadelphia Tuesday night to have surgery to repair the broken finger and that he will be out 3-4 weeks.
Penny may be able to return for the regular season opener on September 9th at Denver but would likely miss the remainder of the preseason.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is expected to meet the media on Wednesday and clarify the injury.
He was battling Chris Carson for the Seahawks’ starting running back job prior to the injury, which he suffered during practice Monday. Penny flew to Philadelphia on Tuesday night and is scheduled to have surgery first thing Wednesday morning, Rapoport reported.
The Seahawks are starving for more production on the ground after ranking in the 20s in several major rushing categories, including just one rushing touchdown from someone not named Russell Wilson.
After trading back in the first round from 18 to 27, Seattle surprised many by making Penny the second running back selected in the draft. The Seahawks doubled down on the move by asserting they would have taken him at 18.
Penny (5-11, 220) was listed second on the team’s most recent unofficial depth chart, ahead of Mike Davis and C.J. Prosise, among others. He rushed for just 16 yards despite a team-high eight carries in the Seahawks’ preseason opener last week against the Colts.
The San Diego State product led college football in rushing last year with 2,248 yards.