Since the start of the 2009-10 season, quarterback Chad Pennington has appeared in four NFL games for the Miami Dolphins, throwing 76 passes with 52 of them hitting for completions and just one for a touchdown.
He missed last season after hurting his left knee in a pickup basketball game and is fully healthy now but may not give himself a chance to add to the stats he amassed over 11 seasons with the Fins and New York Jets.
The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports that the 35-year-old two-time NFL Comeback Player of the Year isn't going to try for a third such award and is leaning toward retirement.
"It doesn't make sense for me to come back and try to play," Pennington told the Sun-Sentinel. "I know I can get healthy. I know I can be ready for training camp and do all those things. But can I take a hit? After four shoulder surgeries, that's a question that's hard to answer right now. That's something that's out of my control. I can control being strong enough, accurate enough, and smart enough. But I can't control not being able to take a hit in the wrong angle."
Pennington hasn't turned in his retirement papers yet, the paper notes, but it appears to only be a matter of time.