The Seahawks were back practicing Wednesday afternoon and began life without running back Rashaad Penny. Penny will have surgery on his knee after suffering a season ending ACL tear during Sunday Nights loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Penny’s loss is a definite blow to the team according to head coach Pete Carroll,
You miss him. A guy like that, you just don’t replace him. You go to the next guy and he brings what he has. He had an explosive play when he got hurt. Unfortunately, we missed him and we’re going to miss him the rest of the season.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PROSISE and HOMER
While the Penny injury is a major blow Carroll is looking to C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer to step make immediate and significant contributions.
“C.J. [Prosise] will step into that role and [Travis] Homer will help out. We’ll see how those guys can do. We expect them to do well. C.J. has always done well when you give him a chance. Now, he’ll know he’s in the game plan and all of that. I’m hoping he’ll contribute in a big way,” Carroll said during Wednesday weekly press conference.
Prosise was a 3rd round draft pick in the 2016 draft and has been hampered by injuries during his four years with the Seahawks. This year Prosise has 14 carries for 43 yards 1 touchdown and 9 receptions for 66 yards. The receptions are notable because Prosise spent his first three years at Notre Dame playing wide receiver then switched to running back his senior years.
“He’s got his own style to him. He’s big. He’s over 220 pounds. He’s fast and they’re about the same speed and all that. C.J. has the background as a receiver. That makes him a little bit different type of threat that we’ve always used when we have him in the game plans. We look forward to him contributing in that way. We know he’s a big play guy. He’s already had a couple big plays earlier in the year. We’re going to count on him to really just pick up where Rashaad left off.”
Homer was a sixth round draft pick ( 204th) in this year’s draft and has one carry for 29 yards which came off a fake punt. Homer has three kickoff returns for 80 yards averaging 26.7 yards per return.