MIAMI (CBS4) – Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington can’t catch a break. Actually, he’s catching too many breaks as he tries to make a third comeback to the NFL.
Pennington suffered another shoulder injury last season after just a few plays in a regular season game. But that’s secondary now, because according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Pennington tore his ACL while playing pickup basketball.
Pennington is set to have surgery on April 7, according to Mortensen. The surgery will be performed by world-renowned surgeon, Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama.
But, the injury could be the end of a great career for the former Dolphins starter.
Pennington has had his shoulder repaired multiple times and won the NFL comeback player of the year after his first return from injury.
He was named the starter for the Dolphins last season after Chad Henne faltered, but lasted only a few plays.
According to SI.com’s Peter King, Pennington was on several teams short list to become a starter to help bridge the gap to a young quarterback.
If Pennington’s career is over, he will likely become a hot commodity on the coaching front.