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Thursday, July 8, 2010
On the radar: Comeback cornerbacks

By Mike Sando

A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.

The Seattle Seahawks' Marcus Trufant, the San Francisco 49ers' Nate Clements and the Arizona Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have talent. Each has been named to a Pro Bowl. Rodgers-Cromartie made it last season, but the knee injury he suffered in the playoffs gave him something in common with Trufant and Clements.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
For cornerbacks coming back from injuries like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, recovering mentally is just as important as returning physically.
All three are coming off injury-affected seasons. How well they recover -- physically and psychologically -- qualifies as an important storyline for each of their teams this summer. Cornerbacks without confidence quickly become liabilities. How well these corners compete in training camp could prove pivotal.

Some of the signature moments and games in the NFC West last season came at the expense of division teams' pass defense:

The Seahawks, 49ers and Cardinals need their top cornerbacks at their best to compete effectively in an increasingly pass-happy NFL.