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Jets QB Pennington starts throwing again

NEW YORK (June 16, 2005) -- Jets quarterback Chad Pennington has started throwing again, four months after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff.

Last week, Pennington began tossing the football off to the side during the final few offseason training activity sessions. Though he didn't participate in the practices, he was able to work on handoffs to the running backs.

Pennington is throwing about 80 times every other day, and the Jets expect him to be ready for full practice when training camp opens July 29.

"While he did not throw during on-field OTA practices, Chad was given clearance and a schedule to throw the football and will continue to be evaluated as to the amount of throws he will make leading up to training camp," coach Herman Edwards said in a statement.

"We fully expect Chad to be ready for the start of training camp."

Pennington had surgery in February after playing the final seven games of last season with a tear in the muscle of the rotator cuff, which the Jets initially said was a strain. The Jets went 3-4 in that span, and Pennington looked shaky, constantly underthrowing or overthrowing receivers.

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