5 top NFL Players Returning From Knee Injuries
Last week we talked about some of the top skiers returning from injury. Now let's turn our focus to the gridiron. These guys put their bodies on the line each and every week.
Here are some of the top NFL players who are currently returning from knee injuries:
1. Jamaal Charles (ACL Reconstruction, Meniscus Tear)
Jamaal Charles is a juggernaut on the field. In 2012, he broke the record for the highest average yards per carry. Jamaal is on the short list of the best backs of all time. Unfortunately, Jamaal suffered a torn ACL last year, and, just recently, a meniscus tear.
While this latest is a very recent injury and a developing story, word is that Jamaal may be back in time to make a playoff run with the Chiefs in 2016. We love to see the best players (and teams) out there doing their thing, so we hope it happens.
2. Adrian Peterson (Torn meniscus)
AP has been one of the best running back in the game for years. And he is no stranger to knee injuries, having returned from a torn ACL to continue to rack up carries and yards for the Minnesota Vikings.
This year he suffered a torn meniscus, but we expect to see him back before the end of the year. Although Minnesota has been overachieving in Peterson's absence, you can bet Minnesota fans will be jumping for joy to see this future hall-of-famer dashing between the pylons again.
3. Teddy Bridgewater (Knee injury)
The shocking knee injury to Teddy Bridgewater has been one of the most talked about injuries in the NFL this year. Bridgewater was hoping to have a breakout season as the Vikings opened their brand new stadium, and the young Quarterback was quickly stepping into his role as the new face of the franchise.
Unfortunately for fans and teammates alike, Bridgewater suffered a non-contact, multi-ligament knee dislocation at the start of the season during a practice session.
This will be a tough injury to return from, but we know that with some hard work and a good attitude, Teddy will be back on the field. And the outlook is optimistic from the Vikings standpoint.
Here's a promising quote from the Vikings training staff:
“He’s eight weeks post-op. He’s doing really well. He’s regaining his range of motion and regaining strength. He’s now walking without crutches. He has a brace that is a little less profile and opens to normal range of motion …. so he’s progressing well.”
4. Dez Bryant (Knee Injury)
Though Dez is often in the news for saying outrageous things and, recently, revealing that he has an outrageous number of Air Jordan Sneakers (over 3000!), the mercurial wide receiver is best known for shredding opposing defenses.
After a few weeks out, Dez is already back on the field doing what he does best. And that's catching passes from the Dallas quarterback. Whether displaying his effervescent wit, styling the newest kicks, or just plain obliterating the opposition, we're always on the lookout for the what Dez is going to do next.
5. Russel Wilson (Knee Injury)
Seattle has enjoyed the pleasure of watching some of the most talented players in the NFL performing for their team, but no star shines as brightly as their charismatic leader, Russell Wilson.
Wilson has become one of the most recognizable faces in the NFL, and he's succeeded with his own personal brand of all-American charm and consistent play, despite being pegged as undersized upon his entry to the NFL.
Wilson suffered a sprained MCL in week 3 of the 2016 season, but he's back on the field leading the charge for a playoff spot as we speak.
and...Tony Romo (Back Injury)
It's not a knee injury, but we thought we'd better mention Tony Romo. Romo is definitely one of those players who has dealt with more of his fair share of injuries. And while we haven't always seen as much of Romo on the field as we would have liked during the past couple of years, we know that when he does return, he'll be giving 100 percent, as he always does.
This year is especially interesting because of a little plot twist-- the incredible play of Dallas backup-turned-star, Dak Prescott. What is Dallas going to do with two high-level quarterbacks on the roster?
We've seen this story play out before (think Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe or Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck), but it's always fascinating to see which direction a team goes in after it loses one star quarterback, only to discover another.
However, Romo is the type of guy who is never questioned when it comes to his commitment and passion for the game, and we can't wait to see him back on the field.
Do you have a player we've forgotten? Let us know below...and enjoy the rest of the season!