Chad Pennington tears ACL playing basketball

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Chad Pennington’s run of awful luck continues.

He’s been rehabbing his surgically-repaired shoulder with hopes of making another NFL comeback.  That plan will be put on hold after he tore his ACL playing pickup basketball, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Pennington will undergo surgery on April 7.   It’s hard to imagine him coming back from this latest injury in addition to the shoulder issues, but we’ve counted him out too quickly before.

SI’s Peter King believed Pennington may have wound up finding a starting job in 2011 because he could step in to a new system without much practice and be ready to go.  Unfortunately, that won’t happen now.

52 responses to “Chad Pennington tears ACL playing basketball

  1. Nooooooooo!

    Classy guy. One of the hardest-working players in the league. Horrible news.

    God bless, Chad.

  2. Man this is really sad to see. He is truly a class act and while I hated him as a Jet I really loved him when he was a Dolphins player. I hope he comes into coaching with our team.

    God speed Chad I really hope you keep your talents in South Beach!

  3. I bet Peter King’s comment was something like this:

    Pennington’s career might be over. Or he could get a starting job next year. Possibly.

    Why? Because Peter King is one of the worst sports writers of all time. Not only is he not good at writing, he waffles on every last statement. Maybe. Possibly. Or possibly not. WHO KNOWS!!!

  4. I think that just about ends his playing career. Mr. Glass was a good QB when healthy, but that “when healthy” part wasn’t very often.

  5. Those Marshall guys seem to injure themselves playing basketball in the off-season. Randy Moss severely sprained an ankle in a pick-up game that bothered him for years.

  6. On the plus side, if they make a sequel to the movie “Unbreakable”, he can give Samuel L. Jackson’s role of Mr. Glass to Chad.

  7. So now Mr. Noodle Arm won’t be able to step into his passes? Wow, I didn’t think his YPA could get any lower.

  8. ‘Brett Favre with far less talent’???

    I must’ve missed the stories with Pennington sexting pics of his weiner to sideline reporters or the annual ‘Retire-fest’.

    If anything, he’s been the anti-Favre. By all accounts, Pennington has always been a classy guy. When healthy he’s been pretty good. In fact, statistically, he’s one of the most accurate passers of all time.

  9. he was a good player that you never heard much/if any bad things about.

    He will be a coach somewhere soon, he loves the game to much not to be around it.

  10. Feel bad for this guy. He really looked like he coul have been a great QB after his rookie season. Too many injuries have taken their toll.

  11. Even though there’ll be a ton of posts on here calling him an idiot for playing, I feel for the guy and I’m not a fan of CP…sorry to hear

  12. Dude. I would sleep in an Oxygen Tent and not come out until the Start of the season. Give ur body every chance.

  13. Well, if Peter King thinks he thought there was a 60% half chance that Pennington would have had a starting job that it definitely would have happened. But he’s not saying it would happen, just that there’s a 53% chance that a team might be high on him. Possibly.

  14. Chad’s days as a starter were probably done either way, but he will only be 36 in September, 2012. For those of you who think that’s too old to be a backup, check out Mark Brunell. He earned over a million at age 40 this past year.

    Even if his career as a quarterback is done, he could be a Coach in the league anytime he wants to. Think of how fast Jason Garrett went from player, to assistant, to Head Coach…

  15. I would never laugh at someone getting injured ,,

    Chad,,, i cant believe how soft you are,.. you should not perform ANY physical activities. ever… you broke your hand in digusting fashion just fallin down, seem to shatter whenever a breeze picks up
    u need to be smart and be the new BUBBLE BOY..

  16. Save all your nasty comments for someone deserving of such. Chad Pennington is a great guy. Sorry to hear about the knee. I wish you well in what ever you do, even if it is another comeback.

  17. Tough break for a decent player that always gave his all and more. I fear the end is near.

  18. Penne leaves as Ponder comes in.

    Funny how history tends to repeat itself.

    Either way, sucks to see one of my favorite QB go down again. It’s really heartbreaking.

  19. Do people even BOTHER reading the comments before they leave their own? My God, I don’t want to see ONE MORE “Unbreakable” comment about this story. Enough already!

  20. ronithan23 says:
    Mar 31, 2011 3:06 PM
    Chad’s days as a starter were probably done either way, but he will only be 36 in September, 2012. For those of you who think that’s too old to be a backup, check out Mark Brunell. He earned over a million at age 40 this past year.
    ————————————————–

    The difference is that Brunell has never had injury problems. Pennington’s shoulder fell apart again on literally his first play of the season last year. Teams do like veteran QBs as backups, but not veteran QBs who are going to get injured the first time they’re thrust into action.

  21. jhorton83 says:
    Mar 31, 2011 4:58 PM
    ronithan23 says:
    Mar 31, 2011 3:06 PM
    Chad’s days as a starter were probably done either way, but he will only be 36 in September, 2012. For those of you who think that’s too old to be a backup, check out Mark Brunell. He earned over a million at age 40 this past year.
    ————————————————–

    The difference is that Brunell has never had injury problems. Pennington’s shoulder fell apart again on literally his first play of the season last year. Teams do like veteran QBs as backups, but not veteran QBs who are going to get injured the first time they’re thrust into action.

    Brunell did tear his labrum and had reconstructive shoulder surgery, but you’re right that his injury history is shorter than Pennington’s. I’m not saying Chad’s DEFINITELY going to get a backup job. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t bet against it.

  22. Pennington is one of the “Good Guys” in the NFL. Even when he played for the Jets I always had respect for the guy. He carries himself very well and should be a role model to all players in the league. It’s a shame that he keeps having these medical mishaps but I wish him all the luck and a speedy recovery.

  23. A quality guy who you never heard any negative off the field exploits. I don’t know what is next for Chad but I am sure his enthusiasm will affect those around him. I wish him well.

  24. I truly feel sorry for Chad, I loved this guy when he was with the Jets
    and Bill Parcells loved him too, that tells you fellas all you need to know right there.I won’t count him out, this guy is a winner…

  25. He could play a role in Unbreakable. What? That was done already? Oh. Sorry. Okay, try this one … he could get hurt sitting on the bench. Ah, pardon? Done too? Oh. Hmmm. What about “he’s a great guy and I’m sor …” Yeah, got it. Let me guess. That was also posted. How about questioning why he was playing pick-up basketball in the first place? Huh? Ditto?

    Sorry. I got nothing then.

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