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July 28, 2010
The flurry of high-profile players attempting comebacks this season made us wonder if we could put together a full lineup of guys returning from season-ending injuries or illnesses.
So that's what we did.
We've put together a 22-man starting lineup -- 11 on offense, 11 on defense -- of players who missed at least half their team's games last season.
We cheated a little bit by going with an unorthodox offensive formation that included three running backs and no tight ends. But the remarkable number of solid running backs coming back from injury forced us into that move.
And while we had to scramble to find cornerbacks for our defense, any school in the country would love to have our linebacker corps. We were so loaded at the position that we couldn't make room for Oklahoma State's Orie Lemon, who recorded 90 tackles in 2008 before missing the 2009 season with a knee injury.
Here's a look at our "all-comeback" team.