Seahawks running back Penny has ‘bad’ lower left leg injury

Seattle RB Rashaad Penny left the field seated on the wagon, barefoot and with a fierce expression on his face, aware his season could be in jeopardy.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Seattle running back Rashaad Penny left the Superdome field without removing his left shoe and sitting on the wagon with a grim expression, aware that his season could be in jeopardy.

A week after his best performance of the season, Penny had to leave Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a lower left leg injury that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said would make it “very difficult to get him back.”

“I don’t want to comment until we have all the MRIs and stuff, but he’s got a bad injury,” Carroll said after his team’s 39-32 loss to the Saints. “We’ll give you more information when we know all the facts.”

Penny, who broke up a 32-yard streak in the first quarter and finished with 54 yards, was injured when she was thrown early by defensive end Marcus Davenport and linebacker Kaden Ellis at the end of a 6-yard streak the third quarter.

“It’s a setback that breaks my heart,” Carroll said. “He showed up and showed us what a great player he is. He invested so much and cared so much about it.

Penny, a 2018 Seahawks first-round draft pick, ended last season at the best point of his career. He set a career-high 170 yards against Detroit on Jan. 2 and broke that mark the following week with 190 yards against Arizona. He finished the year with a personal best of 749 yards and an average of 6.3 per carry, which was the best of any rush back for 350+ yards.

His 151 yards on 17 carries in a win in Detroit last week gave him five 100-yard games in his last nine as he finally found a healthy streak in an injury-plagued career.

In December 2019, he suffered a cruciate ligament tear against the Raiders that kept him out of the last three games of that year and the first 13 games of 2020.

Seattle quarterback Geno Smith, who threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, described Penny’s injury as “extremely tough.”

“Penny’s my brother, man. I love him more than anything,” Smith said. “Gosh, I hate this for him. I know how hard he worked. I know how much he put into this. It sucks man. We need him out there. He is a leader for our team.”

Seattle will turn to Kenneth Walker, a rookie second-round pick from Michigan State.

Walker gave the Seahawks a 32-31 lead when he sped left through a gaping hole untouched for a 69-yard touchdown at 6:54 in the fourth quarter.

However, the Saints responded quickly with a 60-yard touchdown on a Taysom Hill-designed QB. The Seahawks didn’t recover, falling to 2-3 and must now try to hit back without a penny.

Walker came on with just 58 yards on 15 attempts this season. In addition to his touchdown against the Saints, he had seven other carries for a total of 19 yards.

“I’m ready,” Walker said. “I feel very comfortable on the offensive and in the plan. I felt pretty good after the training camp. It’s hard (losing a penny). We didn’t talk much about it but he told me on the sidelines to run hard and read my keys. He was like a big brother in the (running back) room to me. Seahawks running back Penny has ‘bad’ lower left leg injury

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