Let me preface this piece by saying that there is no Adrian Peterson or Peyton Manning in this year's crop in the Comeback Player of the Year running. Sure, there are plenty of players coming off injuries but none that have played to the transcendent style that Peterson and Manning did in this past NFL season.
Saying that, there are plenty of impressive bounce-back campaigns from various players. Be it injuries, down season, or simply a season so good that it's an outlier from their career, there are seven players that have outplayed expectations.
Injuries play a big part in one's failure to live up to expectations but players also need a certain type of resiliency and focus that bring them back from a state of regression. Barring a Derrick Rose-recovery-turned-MVP comeback, the likes of which have never been seen before, no one will run away from this year's competition.
But that doesn't mean there aren't worthy candidates. Ranked from their level of difficulty to rise above their strife and current production, these seven players emerge as frontrunners for the NBA's Comeback Player of the Year.