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August 4, 2007
The top players returning from injury
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Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm proved last year that season-ending injuries don't have to turn into career-threatening problems.
One year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Brohm led the Cardinals to the Orange Bowl championship. Brohm injured his right thumb midway through the season and still came back to lead Louisville to a Big East title.
He now enters his senior season as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and potential top overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Brohm's comeback can serve as an inspiration to the players on this list. All of them are potential stars attempting to come back from season-ending injuries.
Two of the players on this list didn't play at all last season. The others never returned to action after getting hurt at some point in the year.
All of them hope to end this season by playing in a bowl game instead of watching from the sideline.
One notable player missing from this list is Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman, a potential high draft pick who missed the entire 2006 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Bowman also ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee this spring to put his status for Nebraska's Sept. 1 opener against Nevada in doubt, though he should return early in the season.
Bowman may be more talented than any player on this list, but his latest injury kept us from including him. All the guys listed didn't suffer any additional injuries in spring practice and should be ready for the start of the season.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.