Source: Pennington Could Return Sooner Than Thought

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MIAMI (AP) - A person familiar with Chad Pennington's shoulder
surgery says the damage was less extensive than first feared and
didn't include his rotator cuff, and the Miami Dolphins quarterback
should be able to play next season if he so chooses.

The person didn't want to be identified because the Dolphins haven't released any information about the surgery. The person said
the arthroscopic procedure was encouraging because there was no
damage to the rotator cuff, and Pennington should be able to start
throwing in eight to 12 weeks.

Two operations on Pennington's right shoulder in 2005 involved
the rotator cuff. The latest injury, which occurred Sept. 27 at San
Diego, sidelined Pennington for the season.