Michael Penix injury history: Washington QB says NFL Combine medical exams came back looking 'good'

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The athletic testing and on-field drills draw the most attention at the NFL Combine. But for some players, the most important part of the week is acing the medical exams.

That's exactly what Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. did, as he revealed Friday.

"They're good," Penix said of his exams. "I got it all out of the way [Thursday]."

While Penix has an opportunity to prove himself on the field with top quarterback prospects Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye expected to sit out the throwing drills, avoiding red flags in the medical area also is critical.

Why? Because Penix has a lengthy injury history that could impact where he ultimately lands in the 2024 NFL Draft.

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Michael Penix Jr. injury history

Penix spent the first four seasons of his collegiate career at Indiana. He played just 25 of a possible 51 games during that time and suffered a season-ending injury in each of those four campaigns.

Below is a recap of Penix's four major injuries during his time with the Hoosiers.

Year Injury
2018 Torn right ACL
2019 Dislocated right SC joint (non-throwing shoulder)
2020 Torn right ACL
2021 Separated left AC joint (throwing shoulder)

For more information on each specific injury, see here.

Given that Penix suffered two torn ACLs, it's fair for NFL teams to wonder exactly how healthy his knee is as he prepares to play in the NFL.

That said, Penix told ESPN at the Senior Bowl that noted orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache gave him a "thumbs up" at a recent appointment. So, it's no surprise that he is healthy, especially after Penix played in all 28 games during his two seasons at Washington.

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Even so, Penix acknowledged that there's only so much he can do to make teams comfortable with his health entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

"If they are [worried about my injury history], I can't control it at this point,'' Penix said. "That was another reason I came back [to Washington] for the 2023 season, was to have another fully healthy season, just show I'm ready to compete and ready to do it at the next level. At this point I can't control the questions about the injuries.''

What Penix can control is his performance at the 2024 NFL Combine. He isn't yet sure whether he will run the 40-yard dash or participate in the jumping drills, but he is looking forward to throwing and trying to gain ground on the other top quarterbacks in the NFL's 2024 draft class.

"I'm willing to compete,'' Penix said of throwing at the NFL Combine. " ... Nothing against the guys that are not doing it, everybody's got their reasons, for me I'm going to take that opportunity.''

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Jacob Camenker is a senior content producer at The Sporting News.