A conversation with Chad Pennington

Chad Pennington's shoulder has been a topic of conversation since the off-season began. The New York Jets' quarterback answered questions regarding the rehab process on Thursday.

How is your shoulder progressing?

Chad Pennington: Things are moving along with the schedule we had planned. I haven't had any setbacks. The big thing is that I'm continuing to make progress. It's a process that will go all the way through training camp.

What is your throwing schedule now?

Chad Pennington: I'm throwing twice a week, 100 to 130 balls each time, between 10 and 40 yards. It's been really a concern, trying to get stronger and stabilize the muscle around the shoulder.

What is your mindset right now about the shoulder?

Chad Pennington: I feel really good about it. The rehab process isn't done, by any stretch of the imagination. But I'm excited about where I am. I've put myself in position to be able to play [start] Sept. 11. That's the whole goal.

Why aren't you throwing on consecutive days yet?

Chad Pennington: After taking with David [Price] and Dr. (James) Andrews, when you throw the football, it tears your shoulder down. We want to build it up. I'm not going to forget how to throw a football. You don't get stronger by throwing day in and day out. I'm not going to throw successive days until camp starts.

How does your shoulder feel right now?

Chad Pennington: Physically I feel good. A lot of times I've got to work to make sure I don't do too much. I feel good. I don't even feel like I've had surgery a lot of the time. Sometimes [after lifting or throwing a lot] it feels kind of cranky when you're throwing, but for the most part things have been going really well.

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