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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Pennington taking hiatus to work for Fox


Scratch Chad Pennington as an option for the Miami Dolphins' -- or anybody else's -- quarterback depth chart next season.

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The Dolphins also can forget keeping him around as a coach or hands-on mentor for Chad Henne.

Pennington told the Charleston Daily Mail he plans to skip the 2011 season while he recovers from shoulder and knee injuries and will work for Fox Sports. The two-time NFL Comeback Player of the Year, who will turn 35 next weekend, said he might consider returning to the field in 2012.

"I'm actually going to take this year off, get healthy and do some work for Fox Sports," Pennington told Daily Mail assistant sports editor Rick Stevens. "I'm going to evaluate things and see where I am physically."

Fox Sports spokesman Lou D'Ermilio tweeted confirmation Saturday morning and said Pennington will be a game analyst for the network.

Pennington suffered another major injury to his throwing shoulder a few snaps into his lone Dolphins start last season. He tore a knee ligament while playing a pickup basketball game in March.

He said playing hoops was "a dumb decision. ... I haven't played [football]. I wasn't training real hard at the time because I was doing some shoulder rehab, and my legs weren't ready to play basketball. So it was just dumb."

Pennington was a free agent. So is last season's other backup quarterback, Tyler Thigpen. The only signed quarterback on the roster aside from Henne is Tom Brandstater, a third-year pro out of Fresno State who has spent time with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.