A person familiar with Chad Pennington's shoulder surgery says the damage was less extensive than first feared and didn't include his rotator cuff, and the Miami Dolphins quarterback should be able to play next season if he so chooses.

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The person didn't want to be identified because the Dolphins haven't released any information about the surgery. The person said the arthroscopic procedure was encouraging because there was no damage to the rotator cuff, and Pennington should be able to start throwing in eight to 12 weeks.
Two operations on Pennington's right shoulder in 2005 involved the rotator cuff. The latest injury, which occurred Sept. 27 at San Diego, sidelined Pennington for the season.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made the Dolphins 1.5-point under dogs in their Week 5 matchup with the Jets on Sunday. The over/under for that game has been set at 37.

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Posted: 10/5/09 2:30PM ET