A source close to Dolphins QB Chad Pennington has told ESPN.com that the veteran will miss the rest of the season with a right shoulder injury. It could be a career-ending injury as well.
Pennington got his first start on Sunday since September 2009, but he hurt his shoulder on the first play as he threw an incomplete pass. His right arm hit the back of OLT Jake Long on his follow-through. Pennington completed a 19-yard pass on the next play, but then left the game.
Chad Henne replaced Pennington and got hurt in the third quarter. Pennington had season-ending shoulder surgery in 2009.
Third-string QB Tyler Thigpen finished the game as the team's quarterback.
The way we see it
This is extremely sad news for Pennington who was hyped up for his first start and the opportunity to get the Dolphins' offense on track. For a quarterback who has had multiple surgeries on his throwing shoulder, this would be a disappointing end to Pennington's career. With Henne's MRI results pending, Thigpen will likely start at QB the rest of the way.