Athletes who suffer severe knee injuries tend to contemplate suicide. After all, a damaged joint could equate into millions of dollars in lost income. Along with the financial pain, tearing an anterior cruciate ligament (or two) can hinder an individual’s agility, balance and explosiveness. For running backs, years may pass before an NFL workhorse can replicate his performances previous to an ACL problem.
This season, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Rashard Mendenhall are notable backs returning from ACL tears, and they hope to remain effective as before. We should look to history to sense the size of the mountain these ball carriers must climb to mount their comebacks.