Which Injured NFL Stars Are in Line for Comeback Player of the Year?

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Which Injured NFL Stars Are in Line for Comeback Player of the Year?
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Every NFL season there are a number of players who missed most or all of the previous campaign who come back to do some seemingly unthinkable things the next year.

Think about Chad Pennington's response not once, but twice to major shoulder surgery and his ability lead the Jets and Dolphins, respectively, to the playoffs.

Think of Drew Brees, when many feared his career was over after a brutal hit he took to his right shoulder in a meaningless 17th-week contest back in 2005. He of course led the New Orleans Saints to their first conference championship the very next season.

Then there's Tom Brady, who had his knee destroyed on opening day by noted cheap-shot artist Bernard Pollard. The next season he led the Patriots back to the postseason. 

Those are just the most memorable of the past decade at the quarterback spot. Over the course of the decades, many players have returned from sitting out the previous season at any given position to win games and individually do very memorable things.

With one of the most noted and decorated quarterback ever in such a position in 2012, it would seem a lock that Peyton Manning would win the award. Perhaps it is, but let's at least review all the candidates before we decide that for certain. 

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