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The moment everyone hates to endure during Football season is a devastating or season ending injury. For the fans, coaches, and teammates that is the last thing they want to see or hear about. Last season and leading up to the 2013 season, there was a hand full of major injuries and concerns for key players that are lingering on into start of the preseason. With hard work and preparation these players have been slowly getting back to full health.

Here are the top 5 anticipated NFL player recoveries

5.) Percy Harvin (WR)

It seems that Harvin is getting more and more injury prone every year. The SeaHawks had just signed Harvin on a 6 year $67 million contract after getting him in a deal with the Minnesota Vikings. Harvin had missed the whole second half of last season from a ligament tear in his ankle. Pete Caroll knows what he can produce especially earlier in his career in college and as a rookie winning the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. It seems now that his ankle is fully recovered there is another lingering and potentially serious hip injury he is enduring.

Caroll says that Harvin may have a labrum tear in his hip, and the team is still determining whether he would require surgery. If he does require surgery he would definitely miss a few games into the start of the real season.

"He is such a threat" Carroll said during that same press conference, a few months back. 'He's just a gifted ballplayer. He feels the game so well It's a tremendous spread of talent that he brings to our club. We will get the ball in his hands a number of ways.

Harvin will give great versatility to the SeaHawks offensive ability and will sure to be a go to guy for Wilson on his return.

4.) Jason Pierre - Paul (DE)

One of the worst injuries a player can have is a back injury and this is exactly what JPP is going through. On June 5, 2013 JPP had successful back surgery to fix an ongoing back problem he was dealing with last season. His recovery time was set approximately at 12 weeks which would put him in the green light on September 8 for the start of the season. JPP though has not given him self an exact time of recovery as he feels he will be ready when he feels that he is ready.

A back is a really, really horrible thing to have, back surgery period, and you dont want to rush back" Pierre-Paul said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Im not concentrating on the first game, the second game, the third game, fourth game, fifth game, sixth game. Im just trying to come back when I feel like Im ready to come back.

If JPP does not feel like he can come back for the first half of the season it looks like Justin Tuck will have to really step up his game to make up for the lost of such a crucial defensive player.

3.) Arian Foster (RB)

This injury definitely had the Houstan Texans worried. Their star running back who rushed for over 1,600 yards and had scored 17 touchdowns has suffered a strained calf during a practice session on May 28th. They are taking this injury day by day slowing integrating him for practice sessions but, his return is still questionable.

Sometimes muscle injuries can linger, Foster said, via quotes distributed by the team. You cant play through it. Its not like playing through a broken collarbone. I have played through a lot of things, but this is just something you cant and there???s no reason to right now. Im just going to take my time and when I feel 100 percent confident, Ill be ready.

He said that he still has light soreness in the leg, but that he can do pretty much everything, so Im just going to take it day-by-day.

Adrian is considered to be one of the best and most versatile running backs next to Adrian Peterson and is one of the main reasons that the Texans were so successful last year. Hopefully he does not endure the same reoccurring injury fate he did back in 2011 with his hamstring.

2.) Ben Roethlisberger (QB)

Last season Roethlisberger had to deal with shoulder and rib injuries which had forced him to miss parts of the season. Last season he threw for over 3200 yards holding a 63.3% completion rate which was better than Tom Brady and Drew Brees. In the off season it is his right knee that was bothering him this time. He underwent minor knee surgery in June and is getting back into the game slowly after taking a huge break from physical activity after the procedure.

"It feels great. I was excited to get back here, Roethlisberger told Solomon Wilcots on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access." Took a big break after the surgery, took a couple weeks off, and I did that on purpose so I could have time to rest."

It seems like coach Tomlin is confident in Roethlisberger's condition for the start of preseason as he continues to show great progress during training camp.

1.) Robert Griffin III (QB)

Now for the most media blasted and headline buzzer of them all. RG3's horrific season ending injury had to of been the worst we had seen last season. Thankfully for the Chiefs it happened in the last game of their season. As RG3 had started to struggle with his knee injury towards the end of the season we can start to tell that he was not the same player we had once saw in week 1. It was a risky call playing Griffin in that playoff game but, it was one that he made for himself. Then he suffered a horrible ACL tear in a playoff game that had Red Skins with their heads down.

After all the controversy with his surgeon on when he will be making his return it finally looks like we have a good estimation for when he will be back on the field. He is set to return for week 1 and not participate in any of the preseason games. They do not want to risk him on the games that do not count. For him patience is the key.

"In my mind there's nothing left to prove. And that's the way you have to approach the game when you're coming off of an injury. If you pass the test, then in your mind, you feel like you're ready to go."

RG3 is set to wear a knee brace throughout the season to protect him from re-injuring his knee. Will this effect his performance and style of play? Most likely but, RG3 is such a versatile quarterback that his throwing will make up for the lack of rush plays.



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