Final score update: Penny rushed 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown and Chris Carson rushed 23 times for 102 yards and a touchdown in a 34-30 Seahawks win. It’s safe to say we’re going to see a lot of both running backs the rest o f the way.
UPDATE: Midway through the third quarter, Carson has 13 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown, and Penny has eight carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny had a huge game in Week 12, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries as he supplanted Chris Carson on the depth chart. He was the hot hand, and in the days following the performance, head coach Pete Carroll said they would look for ways to get Penny involved on offense.
It looks like we could see a bit of a split in the workload in Week 13. Chris Carson got the start but took a helmet to the head and left to be evaluated for a concussion. He was cleared and returned a drive later, but Penny is off to a solid start complementing him. Through the first quarter, Carson has rushed six times for 14 yards and a touchdown while Penny has rushed four times for 23 yards. Penny has also caught two passes for 15 yards.
It’s still early, but we appear to have a timeshare in place in the Seahawks backfield. It’s great for Seahawks running back depth, but not so great for fantasy football players.