8 Injured NFL Players Who Could Make a Huge Impact Late in Season

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8 Injured NFL Players Who Could Make a Huge Impact Late in Season
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When exactly will New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski return to the field?

Staying on the field is hard enough in the NFL. Coming back from a major injury increases the difficulty of the task.

Players get hurt. That’s the sad reality of the game we all love.

But players also come back from injury, sometimes even better than new.

So here’s a look at eight players that late in 2013 may be healthy enough to make a big difference in their team’s fortunes.

The understanding is that some of these players could be and will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. But being available and playing well are two different things.

For instance, as much as we marveled at the season-long performance of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in 2012, it’s interesting to note that his best football came in the second half of the season. Peterson played better the further removed he was from the injury.

So here’s the list in alphabetical order, not by degree of diagnosis.

I’m not a doctor and certainly don’t play one on Bleacher Report.

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