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Sad News Out of Miami

Chad Pennington has another serious injury to his twice operated on shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington has been initially diagnosed with a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder and the Dolphins expect him to miss the rest of the season, sources familiar with the injury he suffered Sunday told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen.

Pennington will seek a second opinion from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, who has performed two shoulder surgeries on the quarterback.

Pennington underwent tests Monday on his right shoulder, which he hurt early in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-13 loss at San Diego. He missed the rest of the game, and coach Tony Sparano said he didn't know how long Pennington will be sidelined.

That's just really awful news. We all know how some Dolphins fans behave. Seeing them in pain after their predictable 0-3 start is a lot of fun. This news is not fun.

Pennington's a great teammate, a great leader, one of the toughest men to ever suit up, and an all around great guy who has faced an abnormal amount of adversity in his career. This just makes me sick. That shoulder has already been devastated by two rotator cuff tears. He can put absolutely zero zip on the ball as it is because of that. If that arm is any more damaged, you wonder what that does to the already limited repertoire of throws he has the ability to make. Then again, maybe his arm has been so beaten up that it's impossible for this to do more enduring damage.

All I know is it's going to be tough to find a team to take a chance on him this offseason for any meaningful role after a third devastating injury. It could be the end of the line for a player it's impossible to have anything but a ton of respect and admiration for.