A post-game conversation with Chad Pennington

Q)How does your shoulder feel?

Pennington: I can't tell you, I don't have an answer. I'll have to wait until tomorrow and see how everything goes.

Q)Why did you go back in the game after the injury?

Pennington: I just felt like I could go back out there, give us some kind of spark, get us going and try to win the ball game, but it didn't happen. We had our chances, obviously, and we didn't get it done. Offensively, I think we're all searching for answers right now. We're not a very good football team offensively. We're not playing together. We're just all taking turns messing a play up. When you play against good defenses you can't do that. Thank goodness it's early in the season and we have more games left to try and correct the problem and get it fixed. That's what we'll try to do.

Q)What sensation do you feel in your shoulder?

Pennington: Just a sharp pain.

Q)What went into the decision to go back in the game?

Pennington: The plan was to take a couple series off, see if the feeling would get back into my shoulder and go from there. Once I saw Jay (Fiedler) go down, I said it's time to suck it up, get out there and see if I could provide us a spark.

Q)How did it feel when you threw?

Pennington: Similar to last year.

Q)What is your mindset about re-injuring your shoulder?

Pennington: It's frustrating and demoralizing. I worked really hard to get back to playing, putting in all the extra hours in over time, and trying to come back to be out there on the field. When something like that happens, it really tests you. It tests your will power, your mind and your confidence.

Q)What can you tell us about that pass to Wayne Chrebet in the end zone?

Chrebet: That was the highest of the highs and lowest of the lows. I feel like we finally pushed though and went through a bunch of adversities at the end of the game. To not come through with a win (is hard). We had to settle for a field goal, but at the same time I just kept telling myself, ‘Hey, we got a step forward where we take it into overtime and try to do something there.' As long as you have a chance, that's all you can ask for.

Q)Are you going to play next week?

Pennington: They'll have to cut it (his shoulder) off for me not to play.


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