Chad Pennington throws and feels good

Q)How are you progressing?<p>

Pennington: I am making progress. It is still a process, something that doesn't happen overnight.

Q)How did it feel to throw again?

Pennington: It was the first time I actually picked up my arm above my shoulder so I am just trying to get some flexibility back.

Q)Did you have any discomfort throwing the ball today?

Pennington: Not really. I didn't throw hard. I just tried to go through the motion and see what my range of motion was like and my mobility and I felt decent.

Q)What type of throws did you make?

Pennington: Just warm-up tosses basically. You can't expect after two weeks when you haven't touched a football to go out and throw full force when you have had an injury.

Q)What are you general thoughts on the injury?

Pennington: It is an injury that is unpredictable. Every day is a new adventure. You don't know what is going to happen. You don't know how you are going to feel when you wake up. Every day it is something new. You are always hoping that when you wake up, you at least feel as good as you did the day before if not better. It is hard to predict and I don't know what is going to happen but I know we are making progress.

Q)Are you convinced you will definitely play against this season?

Pennington: It never was an issue of me not playing. I always knew I was going to come back. It was just an issue of when. It never was an issue of season-ending surgery or anything like that. That was all rumor and junk. I have always felt like you have to take it slow and make sure we do the right things.

Q)How many passes did you throw?

Pennington: I threw about 50 balls today, 50 warmup balls and throws. I just try to progress and each day try to add a little bit more velocity and distance. I (kept) all throws under 25 yards today.

Q)How exciting was it for you to throw again?

Pennington: It is exciting when you get a chance to get back out on the field. When you are on the shelf, it is a helpless feeling. There is nothing you can do about it but maintain a positive attitude but when you are able to get out there and start to get back into a groove, it is definitely a good feeling to have.

Q)How was your range of motion?

Pennington: It is a good feeling knowing that you can go through the range of motion and not have a lack of mobility and not have restriction in your motion. That is the biggest thing.

I didn't feel any discomfort or pain. I felt good with the range of motion and the mobility. There was no restriction as far as being able to pick up my shoulder and get my arm and go through the throwing motion.

Q)What are you rehabilation goals in the next few weeks?

Pennington: My goal is to build confidence as it goes so when I start playing I have confidence in my shoulder and there is no doubt about whether or not I can make a throw. That is the key: build play confidence.

So far, I have been taking steps forward. Everything we have done new in the rehab, whether it has been adding more exercises or adding more resistance or weight, I have been able to come back the next day and build upon that. I have never had to take a step back. I haven't regressed, I have always progressed.


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