Pennington expected to be ready by training camp

Updated: June 18, 2005, 2:11 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Jets quarterback Chad Pennington has started throwing again, four months after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff.

Chad Pennington
Quarterback
New York Jets
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Att Comp PaTD RuTD Int Rat
370 242 16 1 9 91.0

"I'm right where I need to be," Pennington told ESPN Radio 1050 on Saturday morning. "Our medical staff ... has done an awesome job to make sure I haven't done too much and haven't done too little. Like I've said all along, the goal was to be ready by Sept. 11, not by June or July, but by Sept. 11.

"There's a plan there. I've looked at the plan and seen it on paper. When you have something like this you have to stick to the plan and not vary from it."

Last week, Pennington began tossing the football off to the side during the final few offseason training activity sessions. Though he didn't participate in the practices, he was able to work on handoffs to the running backs.

Pennington is throwing about 80 times every other day, and the Jets expect him to be ready for full practice when training camp opens July 29.

"While he did not throw during on-field OTA practices, Chad was given clearance and a schedule to throw the football and will continue to be evaluated as to the amount of throws he will make leading up to training camp," coach Herman Edwards said in a statement Thursday.

"We fully expect Chad to be ready for the start of training camp."

Pennington had surgery in February after playing the final seven games of last season with a tear in the muscle of the rotator cuff, which the Jets initially said was a strain. The Jets went 3-4 in that span, and Pennington looked shaky, constantly underthrowing or overthrowing receivers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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