NFL Bounce-Back Watch: 5 Players That Will Return in a Big Way in 2012

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NFL Bounce-Back Watch: 5 Players That Will Return in a Big Way in 2012
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It only takes one play to change a season.

The problem for the NFL's 32 franchises is that those plays are rarely touchdowns. They're rarely interceptions and they're rarely field goals. Those season-altering plays usually come in the form of a ruinous injury, and while no team can escape the dreaded injured reserve for a full 16 games, some injuries are decidedly more grave than others.

Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs. Or the Buffalo Bills. Or any number of other teams that saw an integral member of their squad carted off the field and into the trainer's room.

The good news is, at least for now, that everyone has a clean slate.

Yes, unfortunate injuries have already rippled through the Giants and Colts' respective camps, but none of those injuries have incinerated regular season depth charts.

Depth charts are instead overflowing, with five important names working their way back into prominence.

Let's take a look at five game-changers that have battled from the IR back into starting roles for their teams.

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