When Chad Pennington dislocated his shoulder ináMiami's loss to San Diego this past Sunday, many 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 hadáthe rotator cuffárepaired,áhe was able to return after a period of rehabilitation. In fact, his inspirationaláplay 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. T ...
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Article written by David Webner, M.D.