Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Darren McFadden are three of the NFL's most physically gifted running backs, and all are diligently rehabbing severe injuries in hopes of starting the 2012 season totally healthy.
With training camp less than two weeks away, many want to know of the progress these stars—and a few others—have made over the course of the last several months.
With the offseason rapidly coming to a close, here's all the information you need about the game's most marquee players who were hobbled last year.
Charles went down with a torn ACL in the second week of what turned out to be a disappointing 2011 season for the 2010 AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Vast precaution must be taken with any severe knee injury, especially with a guy like Charles who's known for his magnificent burst through the line. The former Texas Longhorn standout has certainly been patient during his rehabilitation process though.
In quotes obtained by Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs' runner had this to say regarding how he feels and when he thinks he can return to the field. "When they let that cape off me, I’m ready to go. I’m ready to put my cleats back on and punish everybody in my way.
Teicher went on to state that "Charles added he felt so strong that he could play in a game today, if necessary."
It sounds like one of the league's most dynamic players is on schedule to participate in training camp, which is less than two weeks away.
The news isn't encouraging for Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt.
After spending the last year rehabbing torn ligaments in his right knee, Jim Wyatt of The Nashville Tennessean recently reported the menacing wideout had surgery on his left knee—his third knee procedure in the last 10 months.
Right now, there's no timetable for Britt's return to the field, but this is more somber news for one of the league's young stars.
With 768 total yards and five touchdowns through a shade more than six games, Darren McFadden finally looked to be living up to his draft status last year on a resurgent Oakland Raiders team.
Then, disaster struck.
He suffered a serious foot injury in a 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during the Silver and Black's seventh game, and didn't play the rest of the 2011 season.
The injury was later categorized as a Lisfranc sprain.
Via Rotoworld per NFL.com, McFadden has assured us that he was a full participant in the team's OTAs and mini camp practices.
Another player that looks to be on schedule to make a full recovery.
A Houston Texans' team source told Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com that Matt Schaub has recovered from a Lisfranc injury, and has been given the "green light" from Dr. Robert Anderson.
The quarterback injured his foot during a November 13 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then had surgery and missed the remainder of the season.
Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts dealt with a similar injury a few years ago and was healthy throughout 2011.
All signs point to the Texans' gunslinger participating fully in training camp—beginning July 27.
Adrian Peterson has had enough on his plate over the last calendar year. After recovering from the complete shattering of his left knee, he now must deal with legal troubles.
As first reported by Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle, Peterson was arrested in Houston for resisting arrest outside of a Houston nightclub after he reportedly didn't leave when the establishment closed, a source with knowledge of the situation told ProFootballTalk.com.
The odd part, as PFT points out, is that in order for the Vikings' running back to be charged with resisting arrest, he must have been arrested in the first place.
PFT states that, as of now, Peterson hasn't been charged for any other crime.
In regards to his rehabilitation, there's a positive vibe coming from Vikings' headquarters about the freakish physical specimen's chances to play in the season opener on September 9th.
ESPNTwinCities gathered some quotes from head coach Leslie Frazier about Peterson's recovery:
"He looks good. He's moving around without any hitch, he's doing a lot of good things. What you don't know is how he's going to be when you put pads on and someone comes and they dive at his ankle or they look as if they're going to grab his knee. That you can't predict. But based on where he is today, everything is moving in the right direction. I don't know if we'll put him on the practice field anytime soon when we get to Mankato.
It'll be interesting to track when Peterson sees the field again, if at all, before the the 2012 season begins.