With nine weeks gone in the NFL season, it's become evident this won't be a good year for certain players -- either due to injuries, uninspired play, or being Larry Johnson. These players should start looking ahead to next season, when they'll all be candidates for the 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
According to its lax eligibility requirements, the Comeback Player award is given to the player who "shows perseverance in overcoming adversity, in the form of not being in the NFL the previous year, a severe injury or simply poor performance."
In short, everyone is a candidate -- even Trung Canidate, who just finished raking my leaves.
(Kidding, Trung. Please don't kill me wherever you are.)
Now, we're not going to discuss every player's odds of winning next season's award -- because, well, that would take the kind of time, energy and perseverance known only to mutants like this. Instead, we're going to take a cross-section of candidates and look at their odds of winning.