"The last time I played a pickup basketball game was when I was at Marshall. It's one of those things."
He had surgery on April 7, and as of Thursday - 10 weeks after knee surgery - Pennington had no noticeable setbacks.
During his time off, Pennington will work with Sam Rosen as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports, if the players and owners can come together and save the season.
Lockout or no lockout, Pennington wasn't playing this year, but is keeping a keen eye on the proceedings.
"We'll have to see what the judges say if nothing gets done before they make a decision," said Pennington, whose NFL peers are meeting in Maryland. "If they decide to lift the lockout, I imagine we'll go back to last year's deal and save our season. If they decide to keep the lockout in place, it's liable to get a little dicey. We'll have to wait and see."
Ironically, the lockout was a good sign for Pennington's future, which was in doubt after multiple health issues.
"It would've been (good for me) if I wouldn't have had the knee injury," Pennington said. "I planned to make a fourth comeback, but it doesn't make sense to try to rehab a shoulder injury a fourth time on top of an ACL injury. I'm at a point of my career where I haven't been patient before, I'm going to be patient now."
No matter what decision Pennington makes after rehabilitation on his shoulder and knees, he feels "blessed" for the opportunity to play in the NFL.
"I hang my hat on the relationships I've been able to form over the last 11 years and being able to be in the huddle and help lead the team," Pennington said. "That's what playing quarterback is all about. That's what I'll miss."
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