There are a handful of key starters who will be trying to come back from injury during training camp or at some point during the regular season. But which player will rebound to have the best season?
Leon Hall, Bengals cornerback: Cincinnati's top cover guy hasn't been cleared for offseason training activities after tearing his left Achilles on Nov. 13. It's uncertain whether he'll be ready for the season opener, which is why the Bengals drafted a cornerback in the first round and added three veteran cornerbacks in free agency.
Casey Hampton, Steelers nose tackle: The 34-year-old lineman had knee surgery in late January, but there is some hope that the five-time Pro Bowl player will be able to play at the start of the season. Hampton took a $2 million pay cut in order to stay with the team for another season.
Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers running back: He's a near certainty to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after tearing his ACL in the regular-season finale. The team indicated that it won't be counting on its leading rusher this season, but he is motivated to return going into the last year of his contract.
Terrell Suggs, Ravens linebacker: The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year underwent surgery on his partially torn Achilles on May 8. The most likely timetable has Suggs returning following the Week 8 bye to play the Browns on Nov. 4.
Phil Taylor, Browns defensive tackle: General manager Tom Heckert said this week that Taylor will definitely return this year after having surgery on a torn chest muscle May 16. Taylor, the team's first-round pick from a year ago, could return by the end of October.
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