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Chad Pennington not ruling out playing in 2011

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Our buddy Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports via Twitter that quarterback Chad Pennington will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair an ACL that he tore while playing basketball recently.

Per Salguero, Pennington isn’t ruling out playing in 2011.

It makes sense.  If the lockout lasts into September or beyond, quarterbacks with the ability to step in and play will be in demand.  Pennington demonstrated three years ago his ability to do just that; after he was dumped by the Jets for Brett Favre, Pennington helped turn a 1-15 Dolphins team into an 11-5 division winner.

Though the rehab will be more of a challenge since he’s on his own, the last guy we’d ever bet against is Pennington.

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21 Responses to “Chad Pennington not ruling out playing in 2011”
  1. geeeeemen says: Apr 6, 2011 8:53 PM

    Compare the physical tools of Pennington vs Jamarcus Russell, for example.

    It’s all about how much time you’re willing to put in. Good luck, Chad.

  2. duanethomas says: Apr 6, 2011 8:54 PM

    He’ll be in high demand an even more immobile old injury prone qb with a weak arm. I have no doubt he will play in 2011 and beyond…….

  3. ravensfreak00 says: Apr 6, 2011 9:02 PM

    I honestly wish him the best of luck.

  4. phinfan says: Apr 6, 2011 9:18 PM

    I wish i had his talent and heart in someone elses body like jamarcus. (that waste of a human being)

    Best of luck chad!

  5. miamiron says: Apr 6, 2011 9:22 PM

    Great guy
    Hope “old balsa wood” can throw
    left handed with his come back

  6. tncm333 says: Apr 6, 2011 9:22 PM

    “an even more immobile old injury prone qb with a weak arm”

    Exactly.

    Imagine pinning your hopes on Chad Brokeaton,

  7. bukes111 says: Apr 6, 2011 9:43 PM

    @geeeeemen

    IQ is also part of the equation. And considering Chad was a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship, going to have to give a slight edge inteligence to Chad.

  8. ilduce24 says: Apr 6, 2011 9:45 PM

    I’m not the biggest of Pennington fans since I had to deal with his noodle arm for 7 years when he played for the Jets but I think he will successfully make a comeback at least for one more year, most likely as a back up but could land a starting gig late in the season if a team has injuries. I could see him landing somewhere like Seattle if they don’t draft a rookie and have Whitehurst as their only option.

  9. joeb386 says: Apr 6, 2011 9:46 PM

    Any more of one of the most underrated quarterbacks ever can only be a good thing. If he can put one more season of starts together he will surely be a 3 time comeback player of the year.

  10. 305hurricane says: Apr 6, 2011 9:50 PM

    Chad Pennington does not need to rule out playing in 2011. God did that for him.

  11. eaglesfan290 says: Apr 6, 2011 9:50 PM

    Not ruling out football or another pick-up basketball game in 2011?

  12. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Apr 6, 2011 9:59 PM

    He could be like a Brunell or DeBerg and be a backup for another 5-6 years I bet. Like a coach on the sidelines.

  13. dbellina says: Apr 6, 2011 10:00 PM

    Wait a second. Since when are we going to have football this year?

  14. Kave Krew says: Apr 6, 2011 10:11 PM

    If he’s not available, then i can hold the damn clipboard for 16 or 18 regular season games and if called upon, barf up some INTs.

    I take it back, Chad is a great guy….loved his interview with Steve Sabol on NFL films.

  15. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 6, 2011 10:51 PM

    He’s got the heart of a lion.

    Good luck to him.

  16. Deb says: Apr 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    Wishing you all good things, Chad! God bless!

  17. 3yrsnfl says: Apr 6, 2011 11:46 PM

    A solid professional. Always says the right thing. Always did the right thing. Always worked hard, a great employee. Noone should be disrespecting this man. He will be a great coach or broadcaster someday.

  18. rushbacker says: Apr 7, 2011 1:04 AM

    This guy is harder to keep down than Jason from the Friday the 13th movies. He just keeps coming back no matter what you do to him.

  19. MichaelEdits says: Apr 7, 2011 5:36 AM

    Maybe my Panthers will grab him after Cam Newton crashes and burns. It’s not like there’d be any competition.

  20. Jack Burton says: Apr 7, 2011 8:02 AM

    Sucks because he seems to have more will and determination than most of the starters in the league.

  21. mikebara33 says: Apr 7, 2011 8:57 AM

    Oh please Chad just give it up. You’re done.

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