MIAMI (CBS4) – While fans, NFL insiders, and most in the media have declared that Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington’s career is over, he’s not so sure.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Pennington has said he is “50-50” about whether to keep playing or move on from his NFL career.

Pennington is about to undergo another surgery on his right shoulder. He lasted only two plays in his only start of the season this year before going down with a shoulder injury. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama.

“There is no doubt I can come back, but I would have to weigh whether I’d be a liability or an asset,” Pennington told the Sun-Sentinel. “That’s important to me. I can only step out on the field if I feel like I can help.”

Doctors have said the scar damage from previous repairs have made it difficult to figure out just what they will face when they open the shoulder up again. The Sun-Sentinel reported Andrews suspects it is a torn anterior capsule and as long as there’s no muscle damage, it’s possible to come back again.

Pennington’s next job may be coaching after playing mentor to both quarterbacks on the Dolphins roster, Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen. On the other hand, given the way both have played this season, he may not want to claim that on the resume.


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