News: 1 day agoCoach Pete Carroll said Friday that Penny (calf) is expected to return to practice next week when he's first eligible to be designated to return from injured reserve, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
Spin: While Penny has been dealing with a strained calf since the season opener, the Seahawks didn't place him on IR until just before Week 4. Thus, his time away from practice started ticking at that point, and Sunday's game in Pittsburgh will mark his third that he'll be on the reserve list. Elsewhere in the backfield, starter Chris Carson (neck) himself may be going to injured reserve soon, meaning Penny could get back in the mix as soon as Week 7 against the Saints if he proves his health, beginning next Thursday. In the meantime, Alex Collins will handle early downs for Seattle, with DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer around for any RB work that lingers.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Penny has played 14% of the Seahawks' offensive snaps since being drafted in the first round of the 2018 draft. Injuries have been the culprit, as he was limited to 10 games in 2019 and only three in 2020. The good news is that Penny has shown well when active, averaging 5.1 YPC (sixth-best among 77 RBs with 150-plus carries since 2018) and 2.0 YAC (12th-best) on 161 career carries and 6.9 YPT on 23 career targets. The 25-year-old has some post-hype appeal, but he remains behind Chris Carson on Seattle's crowded depth chart, so he's worth no more than a late-round flier in deeper leagues.