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Top NFL Players Returning From Injury in 2022

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There have been several NFL players (including key starters) that saw injuries cut their season short last 12 months.

We’ve provided a breakdown of the largest NFL stars and necessary players getting back from injury for the 2022 season that can greatly impact their teams’ performance: 

NFL Players Coming Back From Injury:

1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens had a record of 8-5 when Jackson went down with a bone bruise in mid-December and never won again, despite some impressive performances by backup Tyler Huntley.

The 2019 NFL MVP is 37-12 as a starter in his profession and the ankle injury isn’t an element as he participates in training camp.

2. David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers

Bakhtiari played just 27 snaps last season, all coming in a meaningless Week 18 loss to Detroit. The All Pro left tackle tore his ACL prior to the 2020 postseason and has had issues together with his recovery ever since.

Most recently, Bakhtiari underwent one other knee procedure and has no timetable for his return to the practice field. With Elgton Jenkins now moved to right tackle, Yosh Nijman could possibly be protecting Aaron Rodgers‘ blindside in Week 1.

3. Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills

It wasn’t a comfortable Thanksgiving for White, who tore his ACL that night in a 31-6 win over the Saints. His status for the beginning of the season stays in query as he has yet to step on the practice field.

The Bills did select Kaiir Elam in the primary round of this 12 months’s draft, but lost Levi Wallace to the Steelers in free agency. Dane Jackson could line up across from Elam in Week 1 if White isn’t able to go.

4. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

It’s been back-to-back lost seasons for McCaffrey who has played a complete of 10 games during that span after not missing a game in his first three years within the NFL.

A hamstring strain and a rolled ankle cost him 9 games in 2021 and it stays to be seen if Carolina will lessen his workload to maintain him healthy for the entire season.

McCaffrey averaged over 20 touches per game within the weeks he was healthy over the past two years. Chuba Hubbard and D’Onta Foreman could help with that burden.

5. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Hopkins suffered hamstring injury last season and played in only two of Arizona’s final 10 games, shutting it down in Week 14 on account of an MCL injury. His 2022 campaign won’t start until Week 7 on account of a PED suspension.

The Cardinals added Marquise Brown this offseason to be their number two wide out, but they did lose 2021 leading receiver Christian Kirk in free agency.

6. Michael Thomas, Recent Orleans Saints

Thomas has not played since Week 14 of the 2020 season. He suffered an ankle injury and waited until late within the offseason to get surgery, costing him the 2021 season as well.

He’s been energetic in training camp this 12 months, but joins a Saints receiving corps that added Jarvis Landry and first-round pick Chris Olave within the offseason.

7. Chase Young, Washington Commanders

The 2020 Defensive Rookie of the 12 months struggled in nine games last 12 months, recording just 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss. A torn ACL cost him the ultimate eight games of the season.

Young’s progress hasn’t been speedy as he’s already been ruled out for Week 1 by head coach Ron Rivera.

8. Odell Beckham Jr., Free Agent

Beckham was having fun with a resurgence with the Rams after a midseason trade from Cleveland, but he tore his ACL within the Super Bowl and stays unsigned as of this writing.

A lot of teams have been rumored to be involved in Beckham, including the Colts, Broncos, Rams and Cowboys.

9. Khalil Mack, Los Angeles Chargers

Mack made three Pro Bowls with the Bears, but a foot injury last November cut his 2021 season short after just seven games. He was subsequently traded to the Chargers in March.

Mack has been impressive to this point in training camp with the Chargers, but Los Angeles does have Kyle Van Noy in reserve should he get injured again.

10. Za’Darius Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Smith’s season was over after playing just 18 snaps in Week 1 last 12 months, missing the remainder of the season with a back injury. He was released by the Packers within the offseason and signed with their division rival.

Smith totaled 26 sacks in 2019 and 2020, earning Pro Bowl nods in each seasons. If he and Danielle Hunter (missed nine games last 12 months) can stay healthy, they will probably be an elite pass-rushing duo that few teams could rival.

11. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin practiced this week for the primary time after tearing his ACL in Week 15 last 12 months. He was not placed on the PUP list to start out training camp, indicating the Buccaneers expect him to be ready for the beginning of the season.

Godwin’s return comes at a very good time with Mike Evans now nursing a hamstring injury, although Tampa Bay did add Julio Jones in free agency to bolster their depth.

12. Mekhi Becton, Recent York Jets

After a promising rookie season, Becton injured his knee in Week 1 of 2021 and never returned, losing his left tackle job to George Fant and forcing himself to maneuver to right tackle for the 2022 season.

The previous Eleventh-overall pick allowed 23 pressures and 7 sacks in 14 games as a rookie.

13. Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles

Graham tore his Achilles in Week 2 last 12 months, ending a streak of nine-consecutive healthy seasons. The Eagles pass rush struggled in his absence, rating thirty first in sacks and twenty second in pressure percentage.

The 34-year-old rejoins a revamped defensive front that added Haason Reddick on the sting and first-round pick Jordan Davis up the center. The Eagles are also expected to change to an odd defensive front this 12 months, scrapping the bottom 4-3 Graham has played in most of his profession.

14. James Robinson/Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars

It stays to be seen how Doug Pederson will deploy his backfield, but each guys are coming off seasons that ended prematurely on account of injury. Etienne suffered a Lisfranc injury in training camp and Robinson was lost to an Achilles tear in Week 17.

While each guys have been energetic at practice, they sat out the Hall of Fame Game.

15. Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers

A torn quad cost McGlinchey the ultimate 12 games of 2021 and his return could make a huge effect on a 49ers offensive line that lost two starters within the offseason.

While Trent Williams continues to be holding down the fort on the opposite end of the road, McGlinchey’s return to right tackle could possibly be an enormous boost for an offense built around first-year starters at quarterback and center.

16. Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans

There have been no practice restrictions for Tunsil during training camp after his 2021 season was derailed by a thumb injury.

The injury was initially regarded as relatively minor, but with the Texans mired in a lost season, they shut down their left tackle for the remainder of the season. Expect Tunsil to be able to go in Week 1.

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