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31 Mar 2011

Chad Pennington Tears ACL Playing Basketball

You might think that the lockout would keep players relatively safe from injury; unfortunately, that's not the case for one famously-susceptible quarterback. Chad Pennington apparently tore his ACL playing basketball recently, an injury that should keep him out for the 2011 season.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 31 Mar 2011

46 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2011, 10:18am by Dean


by Stats are for losers (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 2:46pm

This has to be an April Fools' joke, right?

by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 9:43pm

Not joek. April Fools Joke would be if ennignton did atheltic feat an d got it through it without brekaing like egg

by Anonymouse (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 2:49pm

It's an odd-numbered year so a Pennington injury was guaranteed to happen eventually.

by Sean McCormick :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 3:00pm

Next year I expect to see a post where Chad Pennington rips his ACL while reaching for his dropped keys.

by wr (not verified) :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 10:56am

Bending over for his keys? That sounds more
like a torn hamstring or Achilles to me.

by Dean :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:17pm

It might sound that way to you, but I believe in Chad. He can do it!

by Zilla (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 3:05pm

This must be a joke. Is this an actual thing that is real? Is Rosenthal vacationing in Canberra?

by Will S :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 3:10pm

Obviously he was just looking for a way for him to jump-start his inevitable QB coach career

by MilkmanDanimal :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 3:38pm

"Chad, hi, this is Fred Taylor. Do you need a hug?"

by Independent George :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:17pm

Robert Edwards says, "Hi".

by Jimmy :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 3:41pm

I would seriously urge this guy to take up a different hobby, something less physically exerting like whittling or flower arranging. Maybe poetry, has anybody ever injured themselves doing poetry?

by gigglepuss (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:23pm

sylvia plath.

by Anonymoo (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 5:38pm


by Bobman :: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 3:28am

No, she was cooking at the time. Literally.

(I hate myself now)

by Not Jimmy (not verified) :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 10:36am

I think he'd cut himself whittling and I hear he's alergic to flowers...

by Theo :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 11:25am

Tommy Cooper was deadly hurt doing comedy... watch out with that one.

by are-tee :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:16pm

Pennington once described himself as "injury-plagued, not injury-prone". I can't comment on the science behind this, but I wonder if some people are just more susceptible to injuries of various kinds (and not due to being out-of-shape). Aside from his multiple shoulder injuries, he's had a broken wrist and now the knee injury. From what I know, he did not have a history of injury before the broken wrist he suffered in 2003, three years into his NFL career.

by Independent George :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:21pm

He's also now 35 years old.

by Rich Arpin (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 5:25pm

I have a friend who is made of glass, he seriously is always off work and on compensation (here in Canada). Maybe 8 different injuries in the last 3 years.

by dryheat :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 7:38am

I bet you can see right through him.

by Theo :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 11:34am

yeah some guys are just always hurt. You see it in soccer too.
Some people just don't know how to run and tear their muscles (Arjen Robben is out every other month with a torn muscle). Some people aren't built for football and have 'construction' injuries like Pennington, the guy just tears his ligaments every other year.
It's also a mental thing really. If someone is afraid to get hurt, he will just because he will fall and run differently. I urge every football player to take judo and jiu-jitsu lessons just to learn how to fall and how to take a hit.

by Independent George :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:18pm

The goggles - they do nothing!!!

by Spielman :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:29pm

Kinda makes me think his body is just telling him (very loudly) that it's time to retire.

Of course, I thought the same thing about Kurt Warner in 2006, so what the hell do I know?

by MJK :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:35pm

That's funny...I didn't know that there was an ACL in the shoulder...

by commissionerleaf :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:50pm

This thread is full of win.

Miami just lost their best quarterback since Dan Marino.

by Not Jimmy (not verified) :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 10:37am

What!??? Henne's out too?

by An Onimous (not verified) :: Sun, 04/03/2011 - 3:05am

Shirley, you can't be serious.

by Bobman :: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 3:30am

Of course he's serious.

And stop... are you as disappointed as I am that nobody else has replied to that meatball over the comedic plate? Must be the lockout.

by An Onimous (not verified) :: Tue, 04/05/2011 - 1:27am

Personally, I just like to pretend that this is what message boards would have been like if they'd been invented before the internet. I figured I'd be getting a response... any day now...

by Not Jimmy (not verified) :: Tue, 04/05/2011 - 10:22am

It was just a drive by... I was in a strange mood that day.

by Not Jimmy (not verified) :: Tue, 04/05/2011 - 10:24am

Oh Yeah - And don't call me Shirley.

by B L (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 5:52pm

"Hi, I'm Troy McLure. You may remember me from such roles as Chad Pennington in 'The Lepper Quarterback'".

by B L (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 5:53pm


by andrew :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 8:01pm

Tony Sparano:
Well, boys ... I haven't a thing to say.
Played a great game...all of you. Great game.

I guess we just can't expect to win ‘em all.

I'm going to tell you something I've kept to myself for years --
None of you ever knew Chad Pennington as a starting quarterback.
It was long before your time.
But you know what a tradition he is on the Injured Reserve...

And the last thing he said to me -- "Spar," he said -
"sometime, when the team is up against it -- and the
breaks are beating the boys -- tell them to go out there
with all they got and win just one for the Lepper...

I don't know where I'll be then, Spar", he said - "but
I'll know about it - and I'll be happy."

Well, what are we waiting for? (players rush through door and go on to win)

by theslothook :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 7:05pm

I feel bad for the guy...how many injuries can a qb suffer? He and bob sanders must have a voodoo doll haunting them.

by coboney :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 7:25pm

Actually I feel worst for Pennington as at least you can see how Bob Sanders gets injured - its his high energy, flying play style that has him toss his tiny body at things. Pennington could break a shoulder on a stroll down the sidewalk.

by Theo :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 11:37am

Sanders? He tore his biceps on a routine tackle didn't he?

by Bobman :: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 3:32am

I say we put them both in full body casts, then pad them, then lock them in a cage with only one allowed to emerge alive.

by Anonymous2 (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 10:53pm

I'm counting on reading this article in a few years with all the references to "Chad Pennington" replaced with "Matthew Stafford"

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 9:45am

The difference is Pennington had several productive years before exploding like a rock-em sock-em robot. Stafford just kind of exploded on arrival.

by cisforcookie (not verified) :: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 11:00pm

i wonder whether avoiding injury is really the uncommon thing while suffering serious injuries is to be expected. even peyton manning and tom brady have each had knee issues, multiple knee issues for manning, plus brady's infamous shoulder issues. and they're famous iron-men.

philip rivers tore his acl a few years ago.
donovan mcnabb is perpetually injured.
matt schaub is always an injury waiting to happen.
michael vick has suffered several major injuries
the list goes on

brett favre is famous for his streak, but that's because he just kept playing in spite of broken bones and soft tissue injuries that didn't entirely stop his right arm from going forward.

by Temo :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:26pm

I have to say, I've played a little tackle football (with and without pads) and tons of pick-up basketball. I think my injury rate in pick-up basketball in terms of stuff that makes me miss playing time was way higher.

Basketball is just a sport that pounds your body way more than you realize. Plus all the jumping and banging into people results in a lot of random injuries.

by Theo :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 6:02pm

I don't know who you play with or what positions you've played. But playing runningback and linebacker are the hardest positions I've played.
We (the football team) played basketball in the offseason and that hurt no one; and playing with football players changed the rules a bit...
Tackling and getting tackled with pads is the hardest thing I can imagine to be honest. It's full speed vs full speed.

by Temo :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 11:29pm

WR and ST. Barely got hit except in tackling drills during practice.

Play pick-up tackle football without pads all the time, as long as there's no psychos playing you're ok.

I'm definitely more sore on average after football. But it's mostly bruises and cuts, stuff that heals quickly.

Playing basketball I just find that I twist ankles and knees and jam fingers a lot. Even once got a really hard crotch shot that required a hospital visit. Not to mention the eye pokes. Those are the worst, I always feel like someone just gouged my eyeball out (usually it's not nearly as bad as it feels). And it just happens all.the.time.

There's a reason a ton of baseball players that have specific contractual stipulations that they not play pick-up basketball during the offseason. I know Zach Grienke DIDN'T have that clause, and he's on the DL now with a broken rib because of basketball.

by Spielman :: Sun, 04/10/2011 - 8:03am

"Playing basketball I just find that I twist ankles and knees and jam fingers a lot. Even once got a really hard crotch shot that required a hospital visit. Not to mention the eye pokes. Those are the worst, I always feel like someone just gouged my eyeball out (usually it's not nearly as bad as it feels). And it just happens all.the.time."

Wow. Have you ever tried playing basketball with anyone other than a bunch of rabid wolverines?

by Dean :: Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:18am

You can't foul out on the playground!

I have one finger that is crooked, and it didn't come from football or hockey, but rather from basketball.

No blood, no foul!