Will Pennington Return To The NFL After Another Shoulder Surgery?

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Published: September 30, 2009

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... were thinking, "Will Pennington be able to come back and play in the NFL?" Let's examine Pennington's injury history, what he currently is suffering from, and whether it is feasible to expect another comeback from this tough NFL quarterback.

Pennington has twice suffered tears in his rotator cuff -- a group of four shoulder muscles that are responsible for shoulder stability and strength. Each time he had the rotator cuff repaired, he was able to return after a period of rehabilitation. In fact, his inspirational play during the 2006 season, earned the Jets a playoff appearance, and Pennington the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

Pennington's injury this time is somewhat different. The shoulder is a ball (humerus) and socket (glenoid) joint. A shoulder dislocation is when the upper arm bone (humerus) comes out of the shoulder joint (glenoid) and needs to be returned to the joint (reduced).

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